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Members may recall my mail written long time back lamenting at noise
pollution in India.
Here is the beauty. Vah what a Judiciary we have. Laurels to those
Guardians
of Justice system in India
who are proving as yet another ray of Hope for dying principles in
India.
This is what people like me dreamt of or  to accommodate..(rather
timidly)
one section's sentiments,
I was suggesting to allow 'any' noise with not greater than few mts at a

time in any three hour peiod.. so that
Namaz can be still accommodated but Neausence from Ganesh pandals,
Marriages
etc in the form of noise pollution,
Disturbing every middle class student, disturbing even if one is a
staunch
Hindu...can be eliminated.
I am proud of such a Judiciary that is in India now which has the guts
to
put on hold tada detenus for veerappan's fancy
Or one with crystal clear judgement of mind to say any thing about
noise.

http://www.rediff.com/news/2000/aug/30loud.htm
<http://www.rediff.com/news/2000/aug/30loud.htm>
No community has right to use microphones for prayer: SC
In a significant judgement, the Supreme Court has held that no community
has
a right to use microphones or loud speakers to amplify their religious
preaching and prayers.
A division bench comprising Justice M B Shah and Justice S N Phukan gave

this ruling while dismissing an appeal by the Church of God (Full
Gospel) in
India challenging a Madras high court order. The order had directed it
to
keep the use of loud speakers at a low level.
Rejecting the contention that by this order the church's fundamental
right
under Article 25 was violated, Justice Shah said the fundamental right
to
preach religion was subject to 'public order, morality and health'.
"No religion prescribes or preaches that prayers are required to be
performed through voice amplifiers or by beating of drums," the bench
said.
Justice Shah said, "Undisputedly, no religion prescribes that prayers
should
be performed by disturbing the peace of others nor does it preach that
they
should be done through voice-amplifiers or beating of drums."
"In our view, in a civilised society, in the name of religion,
activities
which disturb old or infirm persons, students or children having their
sleep
in the early hours or during day-time or other persons carrying on their

activities cannot be permitted," the bench said.
It should not be forgotten that babies in the neighbourhood are also
entitled to enjoy their natural right of sleeping in a peaceful
atmosphere,
the court said.
Giving more instances of the disturbances caused by such use of loud
speakers, the apex court said a student preparing for his examination
was
entitled to concentrate on his studies without being unnecessarily
disturbed
by neighbours.
"Similarly, the old and infirm are entitled to enjoy reasonable
quietness
during their leisure hours without there being any nuisance of noise
pollution," the court said.
"Aged, sick, people afflicted with psychic disturbances as well as
children
up to six years of age are considered to be very sensitive to noise.
Their
rights are also required to be honoured," it said.



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