The Supreme Court on Friday granted exemption to differently-abled persons from standing during the National Anthem. The order was passed by Justice Dipak Misra. This development comes days after the apex court had ordered that “all the cinema halls in India shall play the national anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the national anthem” as a part of their “sacred obligation”.
“The directions are issued, for love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the National Anthem as well as to the National Flag. That apart, it would instil the feeling within one, a sense committed patriotism and nationalism,” said the bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy, giving 10 days for compliance with its direction
The decision drew mixed reactions with many calling it a move to force patriotism among people while some believed that it would inculcate patriotic feelings for the country. Some activists had even campaigned for the exemption of differently-abled persons. The decision stirred up reactions with many on social media demanding the anthem to be played not just in cinema halls but in Parliament, courts and state Assemblies as well.
Source: Indian Express
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