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National anthem must be played before film screening, says SC

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Dion Global

30 Nov 2016

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that cinema halls across the country must play the national anthem before screening of a film and people should stand up as a mark of respect, as per the media reports.

The court also directed that the national flag should be shown on screen when the anthem is played, said the PTI report.

“People must feel this is my country and this is my motherland,” a bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said while stressing that it is the duty of every citizen of the country to show respect to the national anthem and the flag.

"At the root of protocol for national anthem, is respect for national identity, integrity and constitutional patriotism," the bench said while directing the Centre that the order should be given effect in a week's time and be circulated to all States and Union Territories through chief secretaries.

It also said no person should take commercial benefits by playing the anthem and that it should not be dramatised.

The apex court said the anthem should not be printed or displayed on undesirable objects, and also barred it from being played on variety shows and its abridged version anywhere.