People need not stand up for National Anthem in cinema halls

No Need To Stand If National Anthem Shown In Film, Supreme Court Says

In November previous year, a Supreme Court order came following a PIL filed by Shyam Narayan who sought that National Anthem be played before the beginning of a movie in all the cinema halls across the country.

A two-judge bench led by Justice Dipak Misra and R Banumathi added that such questions and doubts have to be discussed and debated.

On that day, the apex court had modified its earlier order by exempting physically handicapped persons from standing when the national anthem was played before the screening of a movie in cinema halls across the nation.

The court's directions came on a PIL filed by Shyam Narayan Chouksey seeking directions that the national anthem should be played in cinema halls across the country before a film begins and proper norms and protocol be fixed regarding its playing and singing at official functions and the programmes where constitutional dignitaries are present.

"When the national anthem is played it is imperative for everyone to show honour and respect It would instill a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism", the court had said.

The court had then said that "the order was delivered to reduce instances of people showing disrespect to the National Anthem". Further court had specified that everyone in the cinema hall must stand and pay respect to the National Anthem. While many welcomed the order, there were also others who found it more as an obligation than the real feelings of pride for the nation. Playing of the abridged versions of the anthem was also barred.

The bench also observed that "there should be no moral policing at all" by the general public in their endeavour to enforce the court order. Also, that the National Anthem can not be played in between the film for any commercial benefit, SC had directed reportedly.

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