India to play national anthem in movie theaters

India  to play national anthem in movie theatersIndia's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that movie theaters across the country must play the national anthem before every film, CNN.

The anthem -- "Jana Gana Mana" -- will be accompanied by an image of the Indian flag.

"All present in the (cinema) hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the national anthem," Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy wrote.

The court said the ruling must be introduced within 10 days.

The ruling is in response to a petition filed by Narayan Chouksey, a retired engineer in Bhopal, who asked the court to "specify what would be constituting disrespect and abuse of the national anthem."

Attorneys for Chouksey argued that the anthem was being regularly insulted and called on the court to lay down norms to protect it.
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