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Playing of national anthem in theatres not mandatory


NEW DELHI, 8 JAN. The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that it could modify its order to do away with compulsory playing of anthem before screening of films in halls.

The government had earlier insisted that playing of national anthem be made mandatory not only in theatres but also in educational institutions. It told the court that it was in favour of apex court withdrawing its interim order passed on November 30, 2016 for mandatory playing of anthem in theatres.

Centre made its stand after the Supreme Court in the last hearing hinted at modifying its order to make playing of national anthem optional to stop moral policing in the name of patriotism.

The court had turned down Centre's plea not to tinker with its earlier order and asked it to take a call on framing of rules or guidelines to regulate playing of national anthem in cinema halls and other events. It had said the issue comes within the executive domain and the government should not ask court to carry out functions which comes within the Centre's jurisdiction.

"Why do we have to wear patriotism on our sleeves? People go to cinema for undiluted entertainment and to ease out. Tomorrow someone may say people should not come in shorts and t-shirts in cinema halls as national anthem is played there. Where would this moral policing stop?," the court had said.



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