Azan on loudspeakers does not violate human rights of people of other faiths: Karnataka HC
Notably, the divisional bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe asked the authorities to implement “noise pollution rules” relating to loudspeakers and also to file a compliance report.
The court order came in connection with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Bengaluru resident Manjunath S Halawar.
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“Sections 25 and 26 of the Constitution of India embody the principle of tolerance which is the hallmark of Indian civilization. freely propagate their own religion,” the Karnataka High Court said.
“However, the aforesaid right is not an absolute right but is subject to the restrictions based on public order, morality, health and other provisions of Part III of the Constitution of India,” said added the court.
Significantly, the divisional bench noted that “the claim that the content of Azan violates the fundamental right guaranteed to the petitioner as well as to people of another faith cannot be accepted”.
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The plaintiff in the plea had argued that “calling the azan/adan is an essential religious practice of Muslims, but the content of the azan/adan hurts believers in other religious states”.
A huge controversy had erupted after the Karnataka government ordered that all users of loudspeakers or public address systems obtain written permission from the designated authority within 15 days.