Questioning the use of loud speakers for religious prayers, Madras High Court has slammed the popular misconception that God would only listen to one’s prayers if they are made with the loudest note.
The Madras High Court bench then pointed out that religious prayers were held even when there was no electricity or speakers.
While listening to a PIL filed by S Kumaravelu of Perambur, Madras High Court’s first bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M M Sundresh said:
“It appears that these institutions (places of worship of different faiths) perceive that the blessings of God cannot be obtained unless there is a loud noise. The prayers for all religions have been going on from ancient times even when electricity did not exist.”
The bench then went on to direct Tamil Nadu government and its agencies to strictly implement the Supreme Court’s order passed in July 18, 2005 that imposes restrictions, besides adding their own, on the use of cone speakers.
The court also asked authorities to inspect the 44 places that were identified by the PIL-petitioner and take action against them.
Nearly all were religious places.
The Hight Court also noted that nearly 11 years have passed since the Supreme Court’s order, and yet these 44 places were not compiling with the apex court ruling.
The bench thus directed the state authorities to immediately carry out inspections of all these places. They also referred to a letter written by the DGP to the government pleader on March 28 that stated that action would be taken against the organisers of programmes who do not comply with the orders by April 28. In 2015 the Supreme Court had turned down a plea seeking a complete ban on use of speakers at religious places.