A ‘Pakistani’ is here: Wheelchair-bound man abused for sitting during national anthem in Guwahati theatre

The Supreme Court in November of last year had ordered for all cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening of a film. The order by the SC had failed to include an exemption clause for the disabled.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 2, 2017 2:57 pm
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A disabled rights activist who is wheelchair-bound was abused and commented upon for not standing up for national anthem in Guwahati on Monday. Arman Ali, Executive Director of Shishu Sarothi, NGO for differently-abled, was in a multiplex when two men sitting behind him called him a ‘Pakistani’ for sitting while the national anthem was being played, news agency ANI reported. Ali said he was singing the national anthem while sitting.

The Supreme Court had in November last yearordered all cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening of a film. Reacting to the incident, Ali said he will write to the apex court about the plight of differently-abled people due to the decision of the court.

“I don’t think the Supreme Court would’ve thought of a situation like this. I’ll write to the Chief Justice about this incident.”

Ali took to Facebook and expressed, “Today, I took my nieces and nephew for a movie. As usual they played the NationalAnthem before the movie and my niece and nephew stood up. However, since I am a wheelchair user, I did my best by sitting upright. At the end of the Anthem, I heard a comment from behind “SAAMNE EK PAKISTANI BAITHA HAI” (“There is a pakistani sitting in the front”).”

The November order by the Supreme does not carry an exemption clause for the disabled. Later, the Home Ministry issued guidelines for the disabled to show respect to the National Anthem. The directives suggested that wheelchair users and people with locomotor disability should not move and position themselves “maintaining the maximum possible attentiveness and alertness physically”. For other disabilities, it added that “persons with mild intellectual disability can be trained to understand and respect the national anthem”, along with those suffering from auditory and visual impairments.

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    Prateek Lala
    Oct 2, 2017 at 11:06 pm
    He is lying. He is doing all this to be in news headlines. Many social activists in this country who desperate for fame and glamour resort to lies rather than doing anything substantial.
    1. L
      Oct 2, 2017 at 5:52 pm
      On his trip abroad, PM was walking when the national anthem was sung, is he also a pakistani?
      1. D
        Oct 2, 2017 at 5:08 pm
        Hindutya- a land of hindu terrorists dreams. Thanks to three fat monkeys Modi, Amitshah and Bhagwand and whole rss bander-sena we are almost there.
        1. G
          Oct 3, 2017 at 12:03 am
          You have exhibited level of your intelligence.
        2. D
          Oct 2, 2017 at 4:59 pm
          I can't wait for the day Modi, the rss head monkey, make it mandatory for every Indian especially dalits and muslim to salute every cow they come across. That would be India of my dreams.
          1. Vaarun M
            Oct 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm
            i am handicaped i cant stand, I can salute, I didnt hear national anthem, i didnt see it either,. i am sickularist
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