Allahabad University Vice-Chancellor Sangita Srivastava has stoked a controversy after she wrote to the Prayagraj DM, claiming her “sleep is disturbed due to loud azan” at the nearby mosque.
In her letter, the V-C has also raised the issue of sehri call during Ramzan at 4 am from the mosque. She complains that the azaan “results in a headache, throughout the day, causing losses in work hours,” the Indian Express reported.
In the letter, dated March 3, 2021, written to Prayagraj DM Bhanu Chandra Goswami, the V-C wrote, “This is to bring to your kind notice that every morning at about 5.30 am my sleep is disturbed due to loud azan done on the mike by the maulvi in the surrounding mosque. The sleep so disturbed does not resume even after trying hard. This also results in a headache, throughout the day, causing losses in work hours.” The letter is titled, “Noise Pollution in Civil Lines, Prayagraj”.
“An old adage says ‘your freedom ends where my nose begins’ this hold true here. I am not against any religion, caste or creed, they may even perform the Azan without the mike, so that others are not disturbed. Even before Eid, they pronounce Sehri on the mike at 4 am. This practice also creates disturbance to other people. The Constitution of India envisages a secular and peaceful co-existence of all communities, which needs to be practiced in letter and spirit,” the letter adds.
According to the Indian Express, the Prayagraj DM Bhanu Chandra Goswami said that he had received the letter, and action would be taken according to rules. “The letter was received. We are looking into it. And we will take action according to the rules and regulations,” said Goswami.
According to media reports the Mosque Committee has decided to take down two speakers and lower the volume of the remaining two after the VC’s complaint.