The Supreme Court Wednesday made playing of the national anthem mandatory before movie screenings in theatres across the country, underlining that it would “instill a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism” in citizens. A bench led by Justice Dipak Misra issued guidelines on the national anthem, saying it cannot be commercially exploited and that no entity could either dramatise it or use it in abridged form. Further, the bench said people must show respect to the national anthem and the national flag and called it “imperative” to show them honour and respect. The court said that when the Anthem is played in movie halls, it should be accompanied with images of the national flag on screen and people must stand up. It however clarified that the disabled would be exempt.
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