After Sonu’s tweet, azaan has got louder: Suchitra
Ifirst wrote about this [azaan issue] in 2009 and tried to initiate a dialogue with my then MLA, and I was asked to just back off. They told me, ‘You are a lady, you are alone, don’t take panga,’” reveals actor-singer Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, who is being mocked for her tweets on Sunday, calling azaan at 5 am “not civilised”.
“Any imposition of extreme religiosity against another person’s will is dumb and incorrect,” she says, hitting back at the reactions. Her tweets got comments that read: “Don’t invite troubles ma’am... Sonu Nigam ji had to quit Twitter because of same observation.” “How dare a woman come home at 4.45 am. Why do good girls come home so late?”
In April, singer Sonu Nigam got a lot of flak for tweeting against “forced religiousness” and azaan being played at wee hours.
Suchitra feels that each time such a concern is raised, it goes into bizarre spaces. “What’s this constant threat and character assassination? This is a serious matter. It needs to be addressed,” she tells us. The 41-year-old points at the law on loudspeaker restrictions. “How do these people flout it 365 days a year? I’m not saying bhajans in a temple or church bells are right either.”
Suchitra adds that she’s ready to meet people to thrash out this issue. “I feel after Sonu’s tweet, the azaan in my area has become louder. It’s like retaliation.”