One may not stand if National Anthem is part of Film, Documentary...

One may not stand if National Anthem is part of Film, Documentary : SC

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New Delhi :The verdict after a 59-year-old man was attacked for not standing up when the National Anthem was being played on screen in a scene of the Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal
Modifying its earlier order, the Supreme Court on February 14 stated the audience needn’t stand when the National Anthem is being played as a part of the film’s storyline, newsreel or documentary.
It stated that it, however, should stand in respect of the National Anthem when it is played before screening of a film.
The verdict after a 59-year-old man was attacked for not standing up when the National Anthem was being played on screen in a scene of the Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal.
A Bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice R Banumathi said this when a petitioner said the SC should clarify this point.
Ever since the SC ruling on December 1 last, many individuals, including physically challenged, have been attacked for not standing up for the National Anthem.
The bench, which said the issue raised by petitioners needs to be debated, has fixed the matter for further hearing on April 18. The SC had on November 30 last ordered cinema halls across the nation to play the National Anthem before screening a movie and the audience must stand in respect.
The order had come on a PIL filed by SN Chouksey seeking directions that National Anthem be played in cinema halls across the country before a film begins and that norms and protocol be fixed regarding its playing and singing at official functions.
The SC had observed, “The time has come when citizens must realise they live in a nation and are duty-bound to show respect to National Anthem. Love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the National Anthem and the Tricolour.”
Printing of the anthem or part of it on any object and displaying it at places that may be equal to showing disrespect is barred. Various other petitioners have also approached the apex court, which were tagged with the main petition.
( TEHELKA)