National Anthem in cinema halls may soon become optional

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 23, 2017

The petitioner in the review petition filed in the Supreme Court said that standing in the cinema halls when the National Anthem is played should be an option not forced on anyone.

The top court also observed that it can not be assumed that if a person does not stand up for national anthem, then he is "less patriotic". The court said that it would not let the government shoot from its shoulders and hence it is the centre which must take the call.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who had ruled previous year that the anthem must be played before every show at cinema theatres, was among the three judges who said today that the Centre should decide whether to modify that order without being influenced by what the court had said earlier. "What if someone objects to wearing shorts in Cinema halls, where do we stop this moral policing", Justice DY Chandrachud said.

The apex court was reported as saying patriotism can not be forced through court orders and that whether or not a person stand for the Anthem can not be used as a measure of patriotism.

People go to cinemas for entertainment. During the hearing, the government replied in court saying that the national anthem needs to be played in cinema halls to bring uniformity in a diverse country.

"Ours is a country with vast diversity of religion, region, race and caste, it becomes necessary to have a unifying force".

Supreme Court was declared that patriotism can not be forced through court orders and that whether or not a person stand for the Anthem can not be used as a measure of patriotism.

After last year's order, movie-goers are required to stand for the anthem before every show.

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