Anthem Verdict: Door closed? In Uphaar, Supreme Court said don’t

Dealing with the 1997-Uphaar fire tragedy case in which 59 lives were lost in a fire inside the Delhi cinema hall, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court had issued a set of safety guidelines for movie theaters.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 1, 2016 6:03 am
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Even as it granted 10 days to the authorities in states and union territories to abide by its directions on the national anthem, the Supreme Court order that the door of cinema halls “shall remain closed” while the anthem is being played may call for a further clarification.
Dealing with the 1997-Uphaar fire tragedy case in which 59 lives were lost in a fire inside the Delhi cinema hall, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court had issued a set of safety guidelines for movie theaters.

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One of these stated that “under no circumstances, the entry door (which can act as an emergency exit in the event of fire or other emergency) should be bolted from outside”.  This direction was passed after the bench had noted that one of the doors in Uphaar cinema was bolted from outside and it forbid scores of victims from escaping the blaze who got trapped and died.

Besides, Rule 10 of Delhi Cinematograph Rules lays down that every auditorium must have two or more different thoroughfares or open spaces from which there is at all times free means of rapid dispersal. This rule also says that all doors through which the public have to pass on the way to open air shall be available for exit during the whole time that the public are in the building and during such time shall not be locked or bolted. Therefore, when the top court says that doors shall remain closed and they can be opened after the anthem is over, an elucidation may be required regarding bolting of the doors.

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    Prateik
    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:10 am
    no MORE comments about MEN TALLY RE TAR DED DIPAK MISHRA!
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      Kaliyug
      Dec 1, 2016 at 1:53 am
      Supreme Stupidity is where the Supreme court is going, instead of dealing with the criminal owners and taking their wealth and giving it to the victims.
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        Mithun Kumar
        Dec 1, 2016 at 5:47 am
        Here's another example of lunatics sitting as the Apex Court judges... First there was a lunatic ordering removal of all tinted gl from vehicles, and now this non-sense order about national anthem in the movie theatres.lt;br/gt;Why don't they make it mandatory to play the National Anthem in the parliament and all state vidhan sabhas before and after every session and the doors be bolted till the anthem is over?
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          Vilas
          Dec 1, 2016 at 5:14 am
          This is the case that Supreme Court should take notice about the law created by its own Judge and strike it down. Courts can not make Laws and Policy, we are democracy and job of making Laws and Policy is of the elected representatives. Judges are not elected they re appointed and paid money to do their job. Will Chief Justice take notice? This law created by the Judge reminds us of emergency where democracy was bulldozed and Judges of Supreme Court did nothing are they different that our politicians who are corrupt arrogant and s?
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            Guptan Veemboor
            Dec 1, 2016 at 12:48 pm
            One doubt. Bolting the doors and making everyone stand while the NA is pla will be effective if it is pla at the end of the film. Now it is at the beginning. So does the bolting means that no one will be able to enter the hall once the NA starts? This is stuffing patriotism into the gullet. It is making patriotism more symbolic than something one should have in his mind. Of course we are ready to accept all those saffron wearing men or women as saints. White robed ones also.
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