The Supreme Court has directed all cinema halls in the country to play the national anthem before a film. The SC says citizens must respect the anthem and the flag and orders that nobody can print the anthem on any undesirable object.
What the undesirable objects are has not been specified. The court said there can be no commercial exploitation of the anthem. SC directs people in cinema halls to stand up when the anthem is played. The National Flag should be shown on screen when the anthem is played.
SC directs that no commercial benefits be taken by a person by playing the anthem. SC directs Centre that the order should be given effect in a week’s time and be circulated to all the states and Union Territories. Details awaited.