National Anthem Not Mandatory in Cinema Halls/Theaters: SC Modifies Order

The Apex Court of India modified their decision about National Anthem. Today, Supreme Court accepted PM Modi led Government’s suggestion that playing national anthem in cinema halls before the film starts is not mandatory now.

Supreme Court had made it compulsory to play national anthem in theaters before screening the film in 2016. Yesterday central government said a final call can be taken on this issue.

The SC said that is Cinema halls play the national anthem, people must stand up. Discretion on this issue lies with the Central Government. The differently abled though are exempt from this.

Lawyer for the petitioner said, “We are happy. Part of our demands have been met. We will give our suggestions to the panel,”

National Anthem is not mandatory in CInema halls
National Anthem is not mandatory in CInema halls

The initial order of November 2016, said all those present in theatres must stand up in respect till the anthem ended. The practice would “instill a feeling within one, a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism,” Justice Dipak Misra led bench had ruled.

An appeal was made to revise the order so the Supreme Court bench modified it in October 2017.

The court said, “People do not need to stand up at a cinema hall to be perceived as patriotic. cannot be assumed that if a person does not stand up for national anthem, then he is less patriotic”.

“Nowadays, the anthem is played during matches, tournaments and even Olympics where half of the crowd does not understand its meaning… You can amend it and say where to play national anthem and where it can’t be done,” the judge had said.

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National Anthem Not Mandatory in Cinema Halls/Theaters: SC Modifies Order
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The Apex Court of India modified their decision about National Anthem. Today, Supreme Court accepted PM Modi led Government’s suggestion that playing national anthem in cinema halls before the film starts is not mandatory now.


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