Elderly woman verbally abused for allegedly not standing up for national anthem

According to an eyewitness, who was also a delegate of the film fest, the three were not standing when the National Anthem was played before the film.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: January 12, 2017 1:57 pm
National anthem, national anthem in theatre, elderly woman, old woman harassed, Chennai International Film Festival, elderly woman harassed, national anthem harassment, India news, Indian EXPRESS A ruling by India’s Supreme Court said that the anthem must be played before every film screening in the country and that audiences must stand. (Source: AP Photo/Representational)

A woman and her elderly mother were verbally abused while a man was roughed up allegedly for not standing up for the National Anthem at Palazzo Cinemas in Vadapalani, one of the venues of the Chennai International Film Festival, eyewitnesses have alleged. The woman Sreela M, a social worker, was part of a group booked on a similar complaint in December.

According to an eyewitness, who was also a delegate of the film fest, the three were not standing when the National Anthem was played before the film. “Someone sitting behind questioned them first and a dozen others joined in. When they started defending themselves, one of them was manhandled. Those who tried to stop the mob were roughed up too. One of the persons who led the mob went out to call the police, while others said they won’t allow the screening till police come and take them into custody,” the eyewitness added.

Almost 30 minutes after the incident, an inspector reached the theatre and took the two women and the man into custody. Organisers claimed they had demanded the arrest of those who assaulted them too. “But police did not listen. One of the women taken in custody was aged around 60,” said an organiser.

Sreela said she and her mother Subhasree were threatened, while Bijaan, a delegate from Kerala, was roughed up and dragged by the mob inside the theatre. A senior police officer said the three have been booked under Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, and let off on bail.

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First Published on: January 12, 2017 6:15 am
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    Proud Bhakt
    Jan 12, 2017 at 6:35 am
    We need Anthem-Rakshak lynch mobs , just like we have gau-rakshak lynch mobs.lt;br/gt;All those who disrespect the national anthem in movie theatres should be beaten mercilessly .lt;br/gt; It does not matter if they are old or disabled.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All those who are disabled should carry certificates of disability as proof from their doctors , otherwise no mercy should be shown .
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      Sohil
      Jan 12, 2017 at 8:10 am
      Can we have ur BClt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;and not all are same so please dnt compare ur self
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        Sohil
        Jan 12, 2017 at 8:09 am
        Pehle apne bado ko respect karo and than apni desh bhakti dikahne lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;this is too much man
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          arech
          Jan 12, 2017 at 11:04 am
          The poor 60 years old lady could not stand for the national Anthem , wonder how she reached the theatre and her seat .lt;br/gt;Her daughter is another case, dumb and stubborn to say the least.lt;br/gt;Not Honouring the Supreme Courts decision is plain rule breaking, appropriate punishment should be meted out.
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            crazycrunch
            Jan 12, 2017 at 10:22 am
            Shameless people have done this shameful act the so called bhakts of india,show some respect to the elderly people and if want to show something than compete with same category than they will know how it feels .
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              Dr.Damodar Biswal
              Jan 12, 2017 at 6:08 am
              A 60 years old woman who is not physically challenged should have shown respect the National Anthem.Either she does not know the Apex Court's directive or she does not respect the National Anthem. This is unfortunate.However,she should not have been abused n manhandled.
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                harsh
                Jan 12, 2017 at 9:15 am
                Sir, you need to carry your certificate for being mentally unstable.
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                  Indiana Jones
                  Jan 12, 2017 at 8:43 am
                  Stop peeing and defecating on roadside if you are a Nationalist. Bhakti for the flag and the country is in actions which will make the country proud, not standing up for the anthemand then desecrating public places.
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                    manu
                    Jan 12, 2017 at 10:31 am
                    by making it compulsory we are creating more ways to insult
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                      raza
                      Jan 12, 2017 at 6:54 am
                      you are not proudly bhakt, you are extremely bhakt.....
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                        Narinder dhammi
                        Jan 12, 2017 at 3:35 am
                        We should also respect elders and should not ignore the problems regarding health.
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                          JoeKidd
                          Jan 12, 2017 at 1:03 am
                          Do they play the national anthem even before adult movies? Isn't that an insult to the anthem? Please get rid of this misguided rule, reapected judiciary and respected legislative.
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                            Raj
                            Jan 12, 2017 at 5:10 am
                            Health concern has no age limit. You might be 72 and ready to stand up for national anthem. Those who cannot stand for national anthem due to health problem or age issue, does not mean, they do not love our nation nor national anthem. this is nothing but hypocrecy to the core.
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                              Raj
                              Jan 12, 2017 at 8:47 am
                              I wish you will meet the same fate, in the similar type of situations where you will be beaten mercilessly and you will beg for mercy.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If they have shown disrespect, I can understand. If you do not respect the elders, what respect one can expect from these brain washed tugs.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;You are lunatic in your mindset.
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                                Ravishankar Balasubramanian
                                Jan 12, 2017 at 10:31 am
                                The worst is that Police did not arrest the scoounndrels who man handled. But took into custody the elderly lady.lt;br/gt;They would come out with a statement to say that they did this to protect the lady as the couldn't control the mob.
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                                  Ravi Raj
                                  Jan 12, 2017 at 1:48 am
                                  They are fit enough to visit multiplex but can't stand for 52 sec just to show respect to our national anthem..
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                                    sajeev
                                    Jan 12, 2017 at 8:03 am
                                    What prevents a 60 year old woman from standing up for the national anthem if she is not physically handicapped? People should not have taken law into their hand, but the three definitely should be punished as per law.
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                                      Sari
                                      Jan 12, 2017 at 5:39 am
                                      Absolutely right.lt;br/gt;What is wrong in seeing a slinky bedroom scene immediately after bowing head in reverence.lt;br/gt;Move might increase mental agility as it gives people ability to swing easily between moods .lt;br/gt;How else can we prove nationality.lt;br/gt;Beat up the old women who dare to sit nationalism does not mean you love and respect fellow nationals.bet them up .But make sure you revere songs , slogans etc
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                                        SP
                                        Jan 12, 2017 at 5:07 am
                                        As long as the movies is ped by censors how does it matter if it is adult movie or action movie?
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                                          M Shukla
                                          Jan 12, 2017 at 8:19 am
                                          Fit people should stand but old and infirm cannot be compelled to stand for National Anthem. This goondaism only belittles the national anthem. Bhakts make so much pseudo-patriotic hue and cry over the National Anthem why are they silent about no food being served to Jawans on the borders?
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                                            proud to
                                            Jan 12, 2017 at 3:44 am
                                            I am 72 years old and don't mind to stand up to respect the National Anthem
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