Playing Gayatri mantra in labor rooms at two government hospitals in Rajasthan has sparked a row. The Muslim activists in the state have been raged due to this act by the health centers. Also, the protesters have complained to health minister Raghu Sharma that they have been told that listening to the chant gives relief to women undergoing labor pain.
The chief medical and health officials on Tuesday confirmed that they are playing Gayatri Mantra in the labor room of the district hospital. They also said that they will expand it to 20 labor rooms at other health centers in the district.
The doctor said that if a woman listens to the Gayatri Mantra, she does not feel the pain of the labor. The mantra is being played at Sirohi district hospital’s labor room for more than a year.
Also in Udaipur, preparations are on to play Gayatri Mantra in the labor room of the government-run medical college.
However, the health department officials said that they have not directed the district hospitals to play any religious music. Special secretary of health claimed that the government had only advised them to play healing and meditation sounds in the labor room. Also, the complaints about playing the Gayatri Mantra will be verified.
Against this practice, the Muslims activists have begun protest because according to them, in Islam, it is said that the first voice to go in the ears of the newborn should be Azaan.