“The government wants people to stop wearing T-shirts and shorts to Movie Theaters, Give Respect To National Anthem.”
“People do not need to stand up in the cinema halls to prove their patriotism”(government wants people to stop wearing T-shirts and shorts to Movie Theaters)
The Supreme Court announced Today.
The top court also came into conclusion that it cannot be assumed that if a person does not stand up for the national anthem, then he is “less patriotic“.
In November 2016, the court passed an order, which states:
“All the Movie Theatres in India have to play the National Anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the National Anthem.”
Chief Justice Misra, On Monday, said the court
“may modify its order and may replace the word “shall” with “may.” Until then the November order will be in operation”
People go to movie halls for unblended entertainment, Said the Judges.
“What is stopping you from amending the Flag Code? You can amend it and say where to play the national anthem and where it can’t be done. Nowadays, the anthem is played during matches, tournaments and even Olympics where half of the crowd does not understand its meaning,”
said Justice DY Chandrachud.
The government argued that India is a diverse country and the national anthem can be a combined force. So when people come out of the theatre, they are all Indians.
said Attorney General KK Venugopal.
“Why should you presume that not singing the national anthem in a theatre makes a person anti-national?”
Justice Chandrachud asked,
The Times Of India Reported:
Noting that the society did not need “moral policing”, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the next time, “the government will want people to stop wearing T-shirts and shorts to cinemas saying this would disrespect the national anthem.”
It said it will not allow the government to “shoot from its shoulder”.
Side Note: The national anthem was played in theatres to show our love and respect for the motherland.
Now we need to see what are the changes are being made to this Discussion.