environmental degradation the problems of both developing and developed countries worsen, and that even air pollution accounts for more than 2.7 million deaths annually.46 We have learned these lessons after suffering. Now we have more than 520 international treaties and agreements that save our environment and respect our human rights. It seems that we like to learn our lessons the hard way. Maybe that is the reason the link between noise pollution and the environment hasn’t been strongly established yet. Maybe we do need a huge disaster in relation to noise pollution for the issue to get due attention. Maybe that is why there is no specific law relating to noise pollution and this link is still in its infancy.
Even in India, which boasts of its green tribunal, the issue is far from settled. The cases that have been mentioned tell us that the Indian judiciary is in fact trying to take a strong stance against noise pollution caused by religious practices. It is agreed that the start was slow, but that it’s better late than never. A few justices, such as Bhan J. and Vipin Sanghi J., have chosen the untrodden path and pointed out where religion is encroaching on our right to life guaranteed under the Constitution. They have set a precedent that in case of conflict between the right to practice religion and the right to life, the latter holds supreme. But again, is it enough? Is it being accepted and followed by religious institutions? Is there any official follow-up on the activities? The answer to all three questions is a blatant “no.” Even though some judgments have been made and laws have been set, they are very difficult to implement. These shortcomings are not purely legal. They are also due to our
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