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Karnataka: Demands ban on loudspeakers in mosques after controversy over hijab and halal meat

Following the ‘Halal’ anti-meat campaign in Karnataka, right-wing organizations led by Bajrang Dal and Shri Ram Sena have now demanded a ban on loudspeakers in mosques.

Supporting Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, he has warned that he will play bhajans at 5 in the morning to protest against the azaan being heard over loudspeakers in mosques.

Raj Thackeray on Saturday demanded the closure of loudspeakers in mosques.

He had said at a Gudi Padwa rally organized at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, ‘Why are loudspeakers in mosques played so loudly? If this is not stopped, then Hanuman Chalisa will be played on loudspeakers outside the mosques in a louder voice.

Shri Ram Sena convener Pramod Muthalik issued a video message saying, Hindu organizations are demanding that loudspeakers installed in mosques should be banned and the Supreme Court order against noise pollution should be followed.

He alleged that Shri Ram Sena had appealed to the concerned authorities in this regard, but no one paid heed to it.

Mutalik said that the government should instruct the mosque management not to use loudspeakers.

He also said that the top court has banned the use of loudspeakers from 10 pm to 6 am every day.

Mutalik said, ‘The order also states that loudspeakers should not be used in ‘quiet’ areas around the school and hospital, but this order is being violated by the mosque management. If loudspeakers are not removed from mosques, we will play bhajans every morning.

According to the Times of India, some Hindu groups are planning to broadcast recitations of ‘Om Namah Shivaya’, ‘Jai Shri Ram’, ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ and other devotional prayers during the azaan. Keeping in mind the sensitivity of the matter, the state government has directed the police to strengthen security arrangements.

Bajrang Dal member Bharat Shetty said the campaign against loudspeakers in mosques would start at Anjaneya temple in Bengaluru and then would be carried out across the state.

Pramod Muthalik-led Shri Ram Sena said it had requested officials to stop the use of loudspeakers at 5 am, but the Belgaum district tehsildar and pollution control board did not act.

“We do not oppose his prayer,” he said. But we oppose the use of loudspeakers. If loudspeakers are not removed from mosques, we will play bhajans every morning.

Kali Math priest Yogeshwar Rishi Kumar Swamy, who was recently arrested for calling for the demolition of a mosque, said he would launch a campaign to popularize the early morning chanting of shlokas in all temples in the state.

According to the report, senior BJP functionary and state minister KS Eshwarappa said that any solution to this issue can be found only by taking the Muslim community into confidence.

He said the community has been following the tradition of using loudspeakers for prayers for a long time, but it is troubling students, children and patients.

Eshwarappa said, ‘This is not a competition for us to play ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ loudly. I have no objection to you (Muslims) offering namaz, but if similar prayers are offered through loudspeakers in temples and churches, it will create controversy among communities.

Eshwarappa’s cabinet colleague CN Ashwath Narayan said that the government has not brought any new law regarding Ajan. He said, ‘We are working according to the rules specified in the laws. We are not working for or against anyone.

Significantly, after the Hijab controversy in Karnataka, the issue of a boycott of Muslim vendors selling Halal meat by Hindutva organizations is in controversy. This week BJP’s national general secretary CT Ravi had called halal meat ‘economic jihad’.

There were also cases of Bajrang Dal members attacking Muslim shops and beating up Muslim restaurant owners.

At the same time, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said that the government would consider the objections of the people against halal meat.

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