Weeks after the Devendra Fadnavis government took steps to ban cow slaughter in the State, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has stepped up its demand for the ban of loudspeakers in mosques across Maharashtra.
The outfit claims that the sound of azaan (Muslim call of prayer) is a major cause of noise pollution and will request the State government to implement laws curbing the use of loudspeakers in mosques.
“The year-long noise pollution caused by mosques is overlooked. But people are going to court to ban the use of loudspeakers during Hindu festivals like Ganapati and Navratri which have a limited duration,” said Vyankatesh Apdeo, VHP central committee member, on Tuesday.
It has demanded that the management of the four major temples —Siddhi Vinayak Temple (Mumbai), Sai Baba tempe (Shirdi), Vitthal Mandir (Pandharpur) and the Tulja Bhavani Mandir—should be handed over to Hindu trusts. Currently, the four temples are directly governed by the State.
“The money earned through donations to these temples should be used only for the welfare of Hindu society,” Mr. Apdeo said.
The VHP also has plans to organise campaigns against television shows and beauty contests to protest against “vulgarity” and what they feel is the “denigration” of women.
The VHP’s demands are going to be put forth on August 14, when then organisation will hold a Virat Hindu Sammelan in Mumbai to commemorate fifty years of its existence