Heckled for disrespecting National anthem

On October 23, a group of people refused to stand up for the National Anthem, which was played before the movie. The incident took place in Orion Mall, Bengaluru. Fifteen days after the incident of disrespect to the National anthem, Subramanya Nagar police registered a case against this issue on Monday. They are being charged under Section 3 of the prevention of insults to the National Honour Act, 1971.    

The issue became serious and went viral when the audience created a ruckus and forces the group to go out of the cinema hall. They also posted the video on social media, which got the attention of the police to take up a charge against them.

According to the police, “the video was taken during the argument and not while the anthem was playing. We have issued notices to the staff of PVR seeking CCTV footage and also asked them if they have contact numbers of the accused, in case they had booked tickets online,” said an officer.  

The Supreme Court, in January 2018, made it optional for cinema halls to play the anthem before the show. However, the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, mentioned, all patrons must show respect by standing up and it is exceptional for the disabled persons.  

Now the case is under the investigations to check if they can go further.

(Subiksha Ramakrishnan)

Source- The Hindu, Mirror now, Scroll.in