Supreme Court orders to play the national anthem in all cinema halls

Thursday, December 1, 2016
New Delhi

The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday ordered all cinema halls across the country to play the national anthem and screen the national flag on the screen before the screening of films. It also ordered that all present must stand up in respect till the anthem is ended.

A Division Bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said that people must feel this is my country. This is my motherland. The Bench said it is the duty of every person to show respect when the national anthem is played or recited or sung under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act of 1951. It said that the order should be distributed to Chief Secretaries of States and Union Territories. It shall be widely published by the electronic and print media so that "people wake up to see the order in its letter and spirit". The order should be implemented within a week hence.

The PIL was filed by Shyam Narayan Chouskey seeking a set of parameters on what amounts to abuse of the anthem.

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