Karnataka: Hindu groups launch campaign against use of loudspeakers for azaan

Hindu groups in Karnataka played devotional songs on loudspeakers on Monday to protest against the use of public address systems in mosques during azaan. They also slammed what they termed as the inaction of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government regarding the issue.

Karnataka: Hindu groups launch campaign against use of loudspeakers for azaan
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Bengaluru: Hindu groups in Karnataka played devotional songs on loudspeakers on Monday to protest against the use of public address systems in mosques during azaan. They also slammed what they termed as the inaction of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government regarding the issue. 


Groups like Shri Ram Sena threatened to launch a campaign at 5 a.m. on Monday in front of all mosques across Karnataka if the state government failed to regulate the use of loudspeakers in mosques during azaan.


Shri Ram Sena chief Pramod Muthalik, who joined a group of people who gathered at the Hanuman Temple in Mysore to play Hindu devotional songs at 5 am, said he warned the Karnataka government and also asked Muslims to stop using loudspeakers for azaan. 


"There has been no change or action. The government gave notice (to the mosques) which was a sham and a drama. The use of loudspeakers in mosques has not stopped. They are not turning down the volume either. This campaign is against the government and arrogant Muslims," he said.


Muthalik warned that there would be dire consequences if Muslims did not remove the loudspeakers on their own. 


"We have started our fight. If they don't budge, we will file a contempt case against all the district collectors in the high court," he said.


Muslims make up about 13% of Karnataka's estimated 70 million population. Many have linked it to the 2023 assembly elections. The BJP government in the state has drawn criticism for its silence on at least six temples that banned Muslim traders during religious festivals in March. 


Banners were put up outside temples in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Shivamuga districts, stating that Muslim traders would not be allowed to set up stalls at religious fairs. Earlier, the banning of hijab or headscarf had triggered protests in the state. There has also been a call for boycott of halal meat.

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