Af­ter Sonu’s tweet, azaan has got louder: Su­chi­tra

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja

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.”

PHOTO: SU­NIL SHIRSEKAR / FOTOCORP

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