A girl in Mumbai faced humiliation by a local mosque community for requesting the authorities to lower the volume of Azaan from the loudspeakers blaring in the neighborhood.
The incident took place in the Mankhurd region of Mumbai came to light when the victim shared the ordeal she went through on a series of tweets.
The woman named Karishma Bhosale went to a nearby mosque with a request to urge the mosque authorities to lower the volume of the loudspeakers used to chant Azaan, which she informs is installed right in front of her windows. However, when she reached the mosque with her plea, a flock of belligerent Muslims intimidated her.
In a subsequent tweet, she shared video footage captured the incident on the spot that shows a number of people gathered with Ms. Bhosale, apparently in a fit of word war with her, for requesting to lower the sound of Azaan blaring through the mosque loudspeakers in the neighborhood.
When i first approached the so called authority,look how many people are gathered within time pic.twitter.com/hQI2N705Vl— Karishma Bhosale (@KarishmaBhosal3) June 26, 2020
In another footage shared in a subsequent tweet, her miff with the mosque authorities have evidently escalated, now she is surrounded by even more people, apparently more aggressive, engaged with her in verbal thrashing. By the time police officers can be seen present at the scene trying to pacify the situation.
In yet another footage from the same scene, police can be seen escorting Ms. Bhosale out from the mosque with the people all the while intimidating her. A voice in the background ominously shouts “Masajit tere baap ka hain?” which roughly translates into “Does your father own the mosque?”
even the police aren't spared,itni dadagiri pic.twitter.com/AwsjNhUJLl— Karishma Bhosale (@KarishmaBhosal3) June 26, 2020
MLA asks to leave the residence
The victim also shared a series of WhatsApp chats with Mankhurd MLA who can be seen replying to her in the same tone as the Muslim community which intimidated her for her request to lower the volume of the loudspeakers blaring in front of the window.
Even the MLA has spoken this way..he is asking us to leave this residence if we cant bear the high— Karishma Bhosale (@KarishmaBhosal3) June 26, 2020
volume of azaan..who shall we rely upon then.. pic.twitter.com/s50y93bOLs
The regional MLA, Abu Asin Aazmi reportedly asked her to leave her residence and relocate if she has issues with loud Azan blaring in front of her window.
My dear friends, this is how some traitors of our country inflict war between the hindus and the muslims and other communal riots,” the whatsapp text attributed to the incident read.
Others with the same problem joins her
While loudspeakers are regulated by law, mosques seem to be exempt from it, as Ms. Bhosale is apparently not the only one facing the same issue.
The azaan can happen but they must also be thoughtful of the volume levels. I know this problem here is genuine.— Bharath V 🇮🇳 (@blitznbliss) June 27, 2020
I never went by and asked them to lower the volume because my parents asked me to keep quite or else we all will be in trouble— itara (@itara_e) June 28, 2020
Recently in UK permission for Loud Speakers in one of the Mosque was refused on the ground that Elderly persons, ill persons and rest of society will be disturbed due to loud sound. India’s Dynasty policy of “APPEASEMENT OF MINORITY” must end now.— Dr. Madhukar Ambekar (@drambekar) June 27, 2020
Yes!Absolutely as where i live we have many temples near us (big ones,not small) but still i can't hear any aarti at any time but there is a mosque at quite a distance and i can hear the azaan multiple times a day.Imagine how loud it actually is when i can hear it from a distance— Abhishek Thakur (@abhishekmehra__) June 26, 2020
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