Discord grows in Indonesia over noisy mosque loudspeakers but few complain fearing arrest, attack

Oct 14, 2021 | INVESTING

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.Both are so sacred in Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation, that criticising them can lead to accusations of blasphemy, a crime…

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