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Playing of national anthem in cinema halls made optional

Playing of national anthem in cinema halls made optional

He said, "If you are going to watch Sunny Leone's film then how can the national anthem be played in the auditorium and there may be any other adult movie also".

In 2016, it was directed by the Supreme Court of India, that all cinema halls must play the national anthem "Jana Mana Gana" before screening films.

Under the modified order, it will now be up to cinema hall owners whether or not to play the national anthem.

The court left the choice of whether to play the anthem to the discretion of individual cinema hall owners.

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Although the Supreme Court has ruled that it is not mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening a film, the man who had filed a petition to make it compulsory is all set to approach the inter-ministerial committee to make it obligatory not only in theatres but also in schools. The court clarified that the exception granted to the disabled persons "shall remain in force on all occasions".

Playing the national anthem in cinemas was first made mandatory in 1962 when India fought a war with China, but the practice was discontinued by the seventies. Offenders would face penalty in the event they are found insulting the national anthem. The committee, which was set up on December 5, 2017, will submit its report in six months.

"It is clear as crystal that no one can be intentionally prevented from singing or cause disturbance in an assembly singing the anthem", the court said, citing the prevention of insult of national honour act.

This order came in right after Centre's affidavit which informed the top court it was in favour of modification of the November 2016 order, a complete turnabout from its previous stand on the issue. The Bench added that the protocol of showing respect and honour to the anthem was rooted in "our national identity, national integrity and constitutional patriotism". "Proper respect is shown to the National Anthem by standing up when the National Anthem is sung", the Bench quoted Justice O. Chinnappa Reddy's words in the verdict. Members of a bench had questioned the logic behind the mandatory order. Justice Chandrachud had said.