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SC makes playing of national anthem in cinemas before a film mandatory
In its ruling today, the apex court has said that India's national anthem must be played in all cinema halls before a movie starts. The Supreme Court has also ruled that playing of the anthem must be accompanied by displaying an image of the tricolour on the cinema screen.

It would also be mandatory for each member of the audience to stand up in respect while the national anthem is played out, the apex court added.

While issuing further directives to the government, the SC said that the national anthem should not be printed or displayed on inappropriate objects. The apex court also added that dramatisation of the national anthem should be avoided.

The apex court in its ruling said, "The national anthem is a matter of national integrity, unity and identity and as well as constitutional patriotism."

In October this year, writer Salil Chaturvedi, a wheel-chair bound paraplegic had been assaulted by a couple in Goa for not standing during playing of the national anthem. However, the incident had triggered a massive outrage.

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