Indonesia tackles call to prayer volume backlash

Officials inspect the speakers at a mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, on September 7, 2021  There are around 750,000 mosques across Indonesia – a medium-sized venue could have at least a dozen external loudspeakers that blare the call to prayer five times a day. – AFP pic, October 14, 2021.

EVERY night at 3am, Rina is jolted awake by blaring speakers so loud she has developed an anxiety disorder: she can’t sleep, she’s too nauseous to eat – but she is also too scared to complain because doing so could see her jailed or attacked.

The noisy neighbour is the local mosque in her Jakarta suburb, and the clamorous sound is the call to prayer.

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