Supreme Court: Theaters do not have to play Indian anthem

Indian moviegoers stand up as national anthem is played at a cinema before the screening of a movie in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. India's Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a ruling that ordered the national anthem to be played before movie screenings while audiences stand, a ruling that sparked a spate of arrests and attacks on cinema-goers who refused to rise. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

NEW DELHI — India's Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a ruling that ordered the national anthem to be played before movie screenings while audiences stand, a ruling that sparked a spate of arrests and attacks on cinema-goers who refused to rise.

The new decision, Indian news outlets reported, allows theaters to choose whether to play the national anthem.

The 2016 ruling, which the court had said was designed to instill patriotism, set off a wave of attacks in theaters, including one on a disabled man in a wheelchair.

The court had indicated it might reverse its ruling. During a hearing last year, a group of justices noted that "Citizens cannot be forced to carry patriotism on their sleeves and courts cannot inculcate patriotism among people through its order," the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

The court has also ordered that a government commission be established to recommend further decisions on whether the anthem should be played in theaters.

Must Read

Bombers kill at least 6 attending Kabul funeral

Jun 3, 2017

Afghan officials says a trio of suicide bombers in Kabul have killed at least six people attending...

Officials: Afghan children smuggled to Pakistan...

Jul 31, 2017

Afghan officials: Children illegally being taken to religious seminaries in Pakistan to be taught...

Pentagon: 2 US service members killed in...

Aug 2, 2017

Pentagon spokesman says suicide bombing attack on a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan has left...

Hospital official says 5 killed in Afghan suicide...

Sep 29, 2017

Hospital official says at least five people killed and 20 wounded in a suicide bombing outside a...

The Latest: Afghan official: Drone strikes kill...

Oct 17, 2017

An Afghan official says drone strikes have killed 35 Taliban fighters in the country's east, near...

People also read these

The Latest: Lawmaker says several killed in Kabul...

Jun 2, 2017

Lawmaker says several protesters killed in Kabul during protest over security in Afghan capital

Bombers kill at least 6 attending Kabul funeral

Jun 3, 2017

Afghan officials says a trio of suicide bombers in Kabul have killed at least six people attending...

Taliban suicide car bombing in Kabul kills 24...

Jul 24, 2017

Taliban suicide car bombing targets minibus with Afghan government employees, killing 24

Taliban suicide bomber targets Kabul bank, kills...

Aug 29, 2017

Taliban claim responsibility for suicide bombing in central Kabul near banks, US Embassy, that...

US historian who spent decades in Afghanistan...

Sep 10, 2017

An American historian who spent decades in Afghanistan working to preserve the heritage of the...

Weather, 20 December
Houston Weather
+7

High: +11° Low: -2°

Humidity: 83%

Wind: NNE - 7 KPH

Canberra Weather
+27

High: +27° Low: +17°

Humidity: 87%

Wind: W - 20 KPH

Roissy-en-France Weather
+6

High: +6° Low: -5°

Humidity: 87%

Wind: ENE - 7 KPH

Florence Weather
+9

High: +9° Low: +6°

Humidity: 97%

Wind: ENE - 17 KPH

Parga Weather
+7

High: +16° Low: +4°

Humidity: 100%

Wind: SE - 25 KPH

About Us

Get all the up-to-date breaking news about politics, business, entertainment, sports, lifestyles, weather, traffic, and local news in a seamless digital environment only in Morning Dispatcher.

Contact us: sales@morningdispatche.com

Subscribe Now!

Quick Links

HomePress