Months after the Supreme Court had ruled that it is mandatory for movie theatres to play the national anthem before all movie screening, two people were arrested in Hyderabad for not standing while the anthem was played in an INOX theatre. According to a report by the Times of India, the incident occurred as A Sampath, a journalist complained the police over call after he reacted to the two people sitting during the national anthem in a theater in Kachiguda area. The two accused, reportedly known as Mohammed Ilyas and Syed Safeer Hussain allegedly refused to stand up even after the journalist insisted them to stand.
As reported by Scroll.in, Hussaini claimed that the police were reluctant to show the accused duo under what section they were charged with and even directed them to switch off their mobiles. Later the police booked them under Section 3 of of Prevention of Insult to National Honours Act, 1971, which deals with intentionally preventing the singing of the national anthem or disrupting someone engaged in singing it.
Rreportedly, Hussaini who had been working in Australia for several years came to India for his wedding. According to Hussaini, he couldn’t stand because of leg injury caused as he fell from the stairs and Sampath was arrogantly compelling them to stand. The duo was later released on bail after being detained by the police for four hours.
The Supreme Court, on November 30 last year had ruled that it is mandatory for movie theaters to play the national anthem before screening a movie and had also directed all the audience to stand during the anthem. The apex court ruling has lead to several violences including the recent attack on disabled rights activist Salil Chaturvedi in a Panjim theater.