PUNJAB SOUND SYSTEMS (REGULATION) ACT, 2015
XVIII of 2015)
[18 March 2015]
An Act to
regulate and control use of sound systems in the Punjab.
Whereas it is expedient,
for purposes of preventing public nuisance and the voicing of utterances of
controversial nature likely to cause public disorder; to regulate, control
and prohibit the use of certain sound systems in the Province in the
interest of environment, public order, decency and prevention of incitement
to terrorism or the commission of any offence, and to deal with ancillary
It is enacted as follows:
1. Short title, extent
(1) This Act may be cited as the Punjab Sound Systems (Regulation) Act 2015.
(2) It shall extend
to the whole of the Punjab.
(3) It shall come
into force at once.
In this Act:
“Code” means the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (V of 1898);
“Government” means Government of the Punjab;
“place of worship” means a mosque, imambargah,
church, temple or any other place of worship of any sect or religion;
“prescribed” means prescribed by the rules made under the Act;
"public place" means a public street, a public thoroughfare, a public park
or playground or any other place to which the members of the public or
section of public have access with or without invitation;
“sound system” means a loudspeaker, sound amplifier or such other equipment
as may be prescribed; and
means an area or place within ten yards of the place where the sound system
3. Prohibition on the
use of sound system.–
(1) Subject to this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person to use, or
assist in using, permit or allow use of a sound system which generates any
loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise which annoys, disturbs,
injures, or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace, or safety of
persons in or beyond the vicinity.
anything contained in this Act or any other law, a person shall not use a
sound system which contravenes the prescribed specifications.
(3) The Government
shall, by notification, determine the specifications of a sound system.
4. Regulation of sound
(1) Subject to subsection (2), a person shall not operate or use or cause to
be operated or used a sound system:
in a public place, in a manner so as to cause or
to be likely to cause annoyance or injury to persons in the vicinity; or
in any place in the vicinity of–
(i) a place of worship during prayer times;
hospital providing facilities for indoor patients at any time of day or
(iii) an educational institution,
a court, a hospital not providing facilities for indoor patients or any
other public institution, office or undertaking during their usual working
hours at a volume or in a manner whereby the working or the use of the
establishment is likely to be disturbed by the use of the sound system;
house or any other place used for human dwelling at any time as may be
(c) in a place of worship in a manner or at a volume whereby any
sound from the sound system could be heard beyond ten yards outside the
boundaries of the place of worship; or
(d) in any public or private place, for the voicing of any sectarian
or other utterances of controversial nature likely to lead to public
disorder, if such utterances are or may be heard outside or beyond the
immediate limits or precincts of such place.
(2) Subject to
subsection (2) of section 3, a person may
not more than four external sound systems at a place of worship for the
purpose of Azan and durood-e-pak
either before or after Azan, Arabic Khutba
delivered on a Friday or on Eid prayers,
announcement of death of a person, lost or found a thing or a person; or]
an external sound
system at a public place and during reasonable hours with the prior
permission of the Government or an officer authorized by the Government and the use of such sound system is in accord with the
conditions mentioned in such permission.
The police officer incharge of the local area
police station shall, at such regular intervals as may be prescribed,
inspect or cause to be inspected sound systems of every place of worship to
ensure compliance with the provisions of this Act and shall maintain record
of all such inspections in the prescribed manner.
If a person contravenes any provision of section 3 or 4, he shall be liable
to punishment of imprisonment which may extend to six months and fine which
shall not be less than twenty five thousand rupees but shall not exceed one
hundred thousand rupees.
7. Power of seizure.–
(1) A police officer not below the rank of Assistant Sub-Inspector may seize
any sound system used or reasonably suspected to have been used in the
commission of an offence under this Act.
(2) Any sound system
seized under this section shall, as soon as may be, be produced before the
Court having jurisdiction to try an offence under the Act.
8. Cognizance and
(1) An offence under this Act shall be cognizable and non-bailable.
(2) A Magistrate of
the first class shall conduct the trial of an offence under the Act in
accordance with the provisions of Chapter XXII of the Code relating
to the summary trials.
9. Compounding of
(1) Subject to subsection (2), the Government or an officer of the
Government specifically authorized in this behalf may, at any stage,
compound an offence under this Act subject to the deposit of administrative
penalty which shall not be less than twenty five thousand rupees.
(2) The offence
under the Act shall not be compoundable if the accused had been previously
convicted under the Act or his previous offence had been compounded by the
Government or the officer authorized by the Government.
A court trying an offence under this Act may order the confiscation of any
loudspeaker or sound amplifier or apparatus used in the commission of an
offence under the Act.
11. Annual report.–
(1) Every Head of District Police shall send a monthly implementation report
to the Government under this Act.
(2) The Government
shall, before 31 March each year, submit a consolidated implementation
annual report in the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab
relating to the preceding year containing summary of the activities and
recommendations for implementation of the Act.
12. Power to make rules.–
The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for
carrying out the purposes of this Act.
13. Repeal and savings.–
(1) The Punjab Regulation of Loudspeakers and Sound Amplifiers Ordinance,
1965 (II of 1965) is hereby repealed.
the repeal of the Punjab Regulation of Loudspeakers and Sound Amplifiers
Ordinance, 1965 (II of 1965), anything done or action taken under the
repealed Ordinance, shall have the effect as if the thing is done or action
taken under this Act.
The Punjab Sound Systems (Regulation) Ordinance,
2015 (V of 2015) is