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After the Narasu case nothing much was said or done about regulating noise from religious establishments, due to sensitive religious sentiments prevailing in the country. The Court has approached the subject of regulating noise in religious institutions with caution and reverence, and most

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of the decisions have been based on bare facts without the judiciary touching any aspect of the religious practices.

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Another immensely popular Hindu festival, Durga Puja,31 came under scrutiny in the Calcutta High Court in the Burrabazar case. The High Court held that “citizens have a right to a decent environment, right to live peacefully, right to sleep at night and the right to leisure, which are all necessary ingredients of the right to life.�33 In Free Legal Aid Cell v. Government of NCT of Delhi,34 the Court went further by ordering the establishment of separate courts to deal with noise pollution. The Court also empowered the District Magistrates to issue prohibitory orders whenever the

Ecotone 2013 Body & Environment  

The journal of the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program

Ecotone 2013 Body & Environment  

The journal of the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program

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