Supreme Court : Play National Anthem in cinema halls
New Delhi, November 30
In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court on Wednesday made playing of the national anthem compulsory in cinema halls at the start of every movie. All those present in the cinema hall must stand up and show due respect to the anthem and the national flag that would be depicted on the screen.
“People now-a-days don’t know how to sing national anthem and people must be taught. We must respect national anthem,” the top court said.
The apex court also said that the along with the anthem the national flag should also be shown on the movie screen.
A Bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy passed the order on a PIL.
The Bench said the order should be implemented across the country in 10 days. It directed the Centre to circulate the order to all chief secretaries of states and Union Territories.
The apex court clarified that the national anthem should not be abridged or dramatised. Nor could it be used for commercial purposes.
The anthem should not be printed on undesirable objects. The order was meant for instilling a sense of nationalism and patriotism in people and ensuring national integrity.