Indian national anthem issue : Should you stand up or not during national anthem in theatres?

Indian national anthem issue : The Supreme Court on Tuesday clarified on whether cinema goers should stand up in case the National Anthem is played as a part of the storyline of a film, newsreel or documentary.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and R Banumathi answered the same after one of the petitioners said that the SC should clarify if those who go to cinema halls are expected to stand when the National Anthem is played in a film, newsreel or documentary.

“It is clarified that when the National Anthem is played as part of the storyline of a film, newsreel or a documentary the audience need not stand,” the Supreme Court bench was quoted as saying in a PTI report.

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The SC bench added that the Indian national anthem issue by petitioners needs to be debated. It has fixed the matter for further hearing on April 18.

The Supreme Court had, on November 30 last year, passed an order stating that cinema halls across India must compulsorily play the National Anthem before screening of a movie and the audience must stand and show respect for the same.

The order had come following a PIL filed by person named Shyam Narayan Chouksey, who sought directions that National Anthem should be played in theatres across India before a film begins and proper norms and protocol be fixed over its playing and singing at official functions.

The apex court, had observed back then that “time has come when citizens must realise they live in a nation and are duty-bound to show respect to National Anthem which is a symbol of constitutional patriotism and inherent national quality.” It added, “Love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the National Anthem as well as to the National Flag”.

Various other petitioners have also approached the Supreme Court over the Indian national anthem issue.

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