SC reverses order, says no longer mandatory:National Anthem in cinema hall
1 month ago Rajeev K Sharma 0
New Delhi: The Supreme Court reserved its order “that playing of the national anthem in cinema halls before the screening of films is no longer mandatory”. Court has left this matter for the government to frame new guidelines on this sensitive matter. Court added that from now onwards playing of the national anthem in cinema halls before the screening of movies would be optional. If it’s played before screening then the audience will have to stand as to show respect and also make it clear that exemption granted earlier to disabled persons from standing in cinema halls shall remain in force.
The decision came a day after the Centre made a plea to Supreme Court to modify its order given on November 30, 2016, according to which it was mandatory for Cinema Halls to play the national anthem before the screening of the film and also the audience has to stand to show respect. This order of the court had sparked a nationwide debate about the pros & cons.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices A M Khanwilkar, and D Y Chandrachud said that the Centre Committee should “comprehensively” look into all the aspects related to playing of the national anthem in its entirety. The bench also accepted the Centre’s affidavit which said the 12-member inter-ministerial panel has been set up to suggest any changes in the 1971 Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act. The court was informed by Attorney General K K Venugopal that the committee will be submitting its report within next six months.
The counsel appearing for petitioner Shyam Narayan Chouksey referred to various instances within the country when due respect was not shown during the playing of National Anthems in Cinema Halls. The National Anthem can’t relate to any Caste or Religion it’s a tool of Integration for whole Country. The Layer referred to an instance where some audience were manhandled inside a Cinema Hall in Mumbai when they don’t stand upon playing of National Anthem.
The Supreme court had observed last year October that the people “cannot be forced to carry patriotism on their sleeves” and it cannot be assumed that if a person does not stand up for the national anthem, he or she is “less patriotic”.