The complaint asks that the picture be removed from the book immediately.

Complaint filed with Hyd police after ICSE textbook equates mosque with noise pollution
news News Tuesday, July 04, 2017 - 11:48

A corporator from the AIMIM lodged a complaint with the Hyderabad police on Monday, against New Delhi-based Selina publishers, for showing the image of a mosque, as a source for noise pollution.

Syed Minhajuddin from the Akberbagh division visited the Saidabad police station and filed the complaint, which claimed that the image was 'objectionable' and 'hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community.'

Requesting strict action against the accused, the complaint also asks that the picture be removed from the book immediately.

When contacted, the Saidabad police confirmed that they had received the complaint, but a case was yet to be registered.

"We are taking legal advice, and will proceed after that," a police officer told TNM.

On Monday, social media was abuzz, after the picture, reportedly  from a Class 6 ICSE textbook was widely circulated.

The picture, which made its way to a 'Integrated Science' textbook, shows a train, a plane and two cars, as a man shuts his ears in pain, to suggest noise pollution.

However, what triggered off a controversy, was the presence of a mosque in the background, which had symbols to signify that it contributed to the noise.

Since then, the publisher of the book has apologised for the picture.

"This is to inform all concerned that we will be changing the picture in subsequent editions of the book. We do apologise if it has hurt the sentiments of anyone," PTI quoted publisher Hemant Gupta as saying.

A few months ago, controversy erupted after singer Sonu Nigam lashed out at "forced religiousness" in India after being woken by the 'azaan' (Muslim calls for prayer) from a mosque near his house.

"When loudspeakers are installed in religious places, it is sort of a declaration that 'this is my religion'. Same goes for people dancing on roads drunk during religious processions. I am against that," he told media persons later.

"I am very secular, I am not right or left wing. I stand in between. Most are right and left wing people but people in the middle are less. I've never had to make a speech like this. I just raised a social topic, not a religious topic," he had added.

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