India cinemas ordered to play national anthem

Dhaka,  Sat,  03 December 2016
Published : 01 Dec 2016, 14:01:59

National anthem must be played in cinemas, India's Supreme Court rules

India's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the national anthem must be played in every cinema before a film is screened.

Judges said the order should be enforced within 10 days and audiences must stand when the anthem is played.

In the 1960s and 1970s, cinemas regularly played the anthem but the practice declined. Opinion on the court move is divided on social media.

There is no uniform law in India regarding the anthem and the 29 states have had their own laws on the issue.

According to the new ruling, the anthem must be played in all cinemas, accompanied by an image of the Indian flag.

"The people should stop following individual notions of freedom and have a sense of committed patriotism," Indian media reports quoted judges as saying.

The hashtag #NationalAnthem was one of the top trends on Twitter India on Wednesday afternoon.

- TM
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