To stress the importance of national anthem being played in a movie theatre, a disabled person was allegedly assaulted in a multiplex in Panaji, Goa when he did not stand up for it, reports TOI. Award-winning writer and disability campaigner Salil Chaturvedi, who suffers from spinal injury could not rise to his feet, when he was thrashed by a couple standing in the aisle above him.
According to the report, Chaturvedi was hit by the husband while the woman shouted as to why couldn;t he get up for the national anthem. To which, Chaturvedi turned and asked them “why don’t you just relax? Why do you have to get into people’s faces? You don’t know the story here. You will never know.”
After shouting at him repeatedly, the couple backed off fearing a police case and left the theatre. On Friday, talking about the incident, Chaturvedi said, “singing of national anthem should be discouraged in cinema halls. It is not a place to express your love for country.”
He added that the National anthem is something that shouldn’t be belittled by playing in a movie theatre.There are many who might drink and come for a movie. Or else, if the national anthem has to be played, then theatres should announce that there might be some people in the hall who can’t get up for it.