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The Supreme Court modified its November 30, 2016, interim order and made it optional for cinema halls to play the 52-second national anthem before every show.
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The Supreme Court has ruled that playing the national anthem before screening movies in cinema halls is optional and not mandatory. The ruling modifies apex court’s earlier November 2016 order that made the playing of the national anthem in cinemas mandatory.
The Centre has also stated that it would set up an inter-ministerial committee to recommend regulations for the presentation of the national anthem.The panel will also suggest changes in the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, or in the Orders relating to the anthem issued from time to time.
Article 51 (A)-It shall be the duty of every citizen of India to abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem.
Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971:
It extends to the whole of India. It bans the insult to Indian National Flag and Constitution of India. The act was legislated to prevent dishonour to National symbols which include the Indian Constitution, National anthem and National Flag.