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National Anthem: Disrespect the National Anthem and you can land up in Jail

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Photo: Bangalore Mirror
Last year, Supreme court made it mandatory that national anthem should be played before the start of the movie in cinema halls, and all cine-goers should stand up for the National Anthem. Now there are chances that if you do not respect the National Anthem and do not stand up, you might face a jail term up to three years.

As of now, there is law for insulting the Tricolour, as you could go to jail for upto 3 years. But there is no such rule for National Anthem.

Shyam Narayan Chouskey, resident of Bhopal who filed the public interest petition last year and succeeded in getting a order from supreme court that all cinegoers  should stand up for national anthem, told the judges that there should also be some sort of punishment for insulting the National Amthem to ensure strict compliance.

Reacting to the plea filed by Chouskey's lawyer Rakesh Dwivedi, a bench headed by Justice Dipak Mishra agreed to hear the arguments on directing the parliament to amend the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act 1971 . The court is expected to take a stand on this on August 23.

National Anthem to be played in Parliament, Public Offices, Courts and Schools too

On tuesday Supreme court sought response from central government on a PIL seeking to ascertin feasibility of singing and playing national anthem across public offices and in parliament. The petition to make national anthem mandatory in public offices and parliament was brought forward by Ashwini Upadhayay who is also spokesman of BJP's delhi unit.


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