SC modifies National Anthem order, exempts differently abled

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today modified its order on the National Anthem and exempted physically handicapped persons from standing before screening of a movie in cinema halls across the nation.

It also clarified that doors of theatres need not be bolted when the National Anthem is played.

The order was passed by a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy, which agreed to hear the plea seeking recall of its order mandating playing of the National Anthem before films.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi informed the apex court that the Centre will issue guidelines within ten days from today on how physically challenged persons should show respect to the National Anthem.

The court, however, said that physically disabled must show “some such gesture” to express their respect for anthem.

“As the guidelines are going to be issued, we clarify, if a physically challenged person or physically handicapped person goes to the Cinema hall to watch a film, he need not stand up, if he is incapable to stand, but must show such conduct which is commensurate with respect for the National Anthem… (AGENCIES)


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