Buddhist woman in Indonesia imprisoned after complaining mosque is too loud

Buddhist woman in Indonesia imprisoned after complaining mosque is too loud

[Ed. – ‘The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. – Barack Obama]

An Indonesian Buddhist woman has been jailed for complaining that her neighbourhood mosque was too loud.

The ethnic Chinese woman known as Meiliana was sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of insulting Islam under Indonesia’s blasphemy laws.

Prosecutors said the 44-year-old defendant violated the criminal code by committing blasphemy against the religion.

Meiliana complained to a member of the public that the volume was too loud near her house in North Sumatra in 2016.

There are hundreds of thousands of mosques across the vast archipelago and most use loudspeakers to play the “azan” or call to prayer, which lasts a few minutes. But many also play lengthy versions of prayers or sermons lasting over 30 minutes, which has been deemed unnecessary by the Indonesian Mosque Council.

The Muslim call to prayer is repeated five times a day.

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