Justice Dipak Misra was quoted as saying that the differently-abled persons have been exemption from standing while the national anthem is played in theatres before the start of a film.
National Anthem verdict: The Supreme Court today issued a clarification on the exemption for all differently-abled persons from standing while national anthem is played in cinemas. Justice Dipak Misra was quoted as saying that the differently-abled persons have been exemption from standing while the national anthem is played in theatres before the start of a film. Also, in the latest update, the Supreme Court has ordered the doors to be closed but not bolted.
The apex court had passed an order on November 30, that had made it mandatory for patrons in a theatre to stand up when the anthem is played. It had also asked the cinema halls to display an image of the tricolour on the screen when the anthem is played. The court also made it clear that an abridged version of the National Anthem should not be played.
This came in wake of the disability rights activists who said mere mention of exemption for the differently-abled in the order is not enough to protect them from overzealous nationalists, when the verdict was passed on November 30. So, today the Supreme court passed the order granting exemption to differently abled persons.
While making it mandatory, the court said, “You are Indians first,” and that all should stand up when the National Anthem is being played. The issue relating to the National Anthem and the National Flag have been dealt with several times by the Supreme Court. There is also a Home Ministry order of 2004 on the same issue.