The National Anthem must be played before the screening of any movie in cinema halls across the country while the national flag appears on the screen, and everyone must stand when it is played, the Supreme Court of India ruled on Wednesday.
"When the National Anthem is played it is imperative for everyone to show honour and respect. It would instill a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism," said a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy.
"People now-a-days don't know how to sing national anthem and people must be taught. We must respect national anthem," they said.
In response to a petition filed by a Bhopal-based NGO, which alleged misuse of the National Anthem, the Supreme Court said that it should not be dramatized or commercially exploited. It has also banned the printing of any part of the anthem on any "undesirable" object or it being played on entertainment TV shows.
"Time has come when people must respect national anthem which is part of constitutional patriotism. People must feel that it is their country. It is because of the country that they are enjoying freedom and liberty," the court said.
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