The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday clarified that people are not obliged to stand up when the national anthem is played as and in part of a film or documentary.
The verdict also mentions that people need not sing the national anthem that is played prior to the screening of a film.
On November 30, 2016 the apex court had passed an order that made it mandatory to stand up when the national anthem is played in theatres. The cinema halls were also asked to display an image of the tri-colour on the screen when the anthem is played.
The apex court further clarified that the doors of the theatre should be closed while the anthem plays, but not be bolted.
While pronouncing the verdict, the apex court said, “A time has come, the citizens of the country must realize that they live in a nation and are duty bound to show respect to National Anthem, which is the symbol of the constitutional patriotism and inherent national quality.”