Monday May 02, 2022

Fact Check: Video of residents’ call for prayers from Mumbai streets is from West Bengal

Fact Check: Video of residents’ call for prayers from Mumbai streets is from West Bengal

Loudspeakers are seen on the mosque’s dome.

Rlixa Report
 
Ever since the loudspeaker row gained momentum in India and especially in the state of Maharashtra, a video of people standing in the streets to make calls for prayers is doing the rounds.

As a matter of fact, an independent Facebook fact checker revealed that that azan video is not from Mumbai.
It was found that the video was from Kolkata. It was shared around April 2020. 

Local media houses widely shared the video as linked to Maharashtra loudspeaker row.

The claims were false.

A thorough investigation revealed that the signboards seen in the video minute-long clip could be found in Howrah, West Bengal, and not in Mumbai.

Fact Check: Video of residents’ call for prayers from Mumbai streets is from West Bengal

The shop addresses on the boards show Howrah written on the place for addresses.

What remains true is that the Maharashtra's Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government made police permission compulsory for using loudspeakers at all religious places in the state.

Any unauthorised use of loudspeakers at all religious places or religious functions would invite strict punitive action against the violators, Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil said, as the 'azaan' row threatened to become a vexed issue between the MVA and the Opposition.

Walse-Patil said that a detailed notification on the proposal with the guidelines would be issued in the next couple of days by the Home Department.