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Sonu Nigam attacked and abused after he stirs a debate on Azaan and religious noise pollution

Singer Sonu Nigam stirred up a storm in the early hours of Monday after he tweeted out his exasperation against early morning sounds of Azaan which are delivered on loudspeakers on Mosques everyday:

This opposition of Sonu Nigam to the practice of playing Azaan, earned him the wrath of many who proceeded to abuse, attack and curse him:

Apart from making a moral case, Sonu Nigam might also be legally correct when he calls for the scrapping of loudspeakers for delivering religious sermons. In a 2015 the Bombay High Court had observed that there were about 822 Mosques and 90 Temples which did not have licenses to operate loudspeakers.

Also in 2014 the Bombay High court had called for a removal of Illegal loudspeakers from Religious structures in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai the order which was also welcomed by Muslim leaders.

While the ruling applies to all religions, hardly any religion seems to be following the rules. Also for those who are indulging in Whataboutery, about whether Sonu has only singled out Islam, in 2014 Sonu had posted about the noise and the lack of cleanliness during Ganesh visarjan.

But, all social media users were not vile. Some even suggested a solution:

And if Sonu doesn’t like the above solution, he can follow so-called journalist Zakka Jacob’s advice to filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri:

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