Earlier, Supreme Court states that the National anthem must be played before every movie in theatres. But today, they modified their November 2016 order stating that it is now not mandatory to play the National Anthem before a film is screened in cinema halls across the country.
The order comes after the government on Monday filed an affidavit asking the Supreme Court to reconsider its order making it mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening of films and that it was setting up a inter-ministerial committee to look at any modifications in the existing rules — Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, if necessary.
The affidavit filed by the Union home ministry came after the court, in October, asked it to decide on the matter following a countrywide debate on its earlier order that made the playing of national anthem at movie halls mandatory.
In November 2016, the Supreme Court had ordered all cinema halls across the country to play the national anthem before the screening of a movie in order to instill a sense of patriotism and nationalism among citizens.
It had said that “love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the national anthem as well as to the national flag”.