Why Everyone Objected When A Family Did Not Stand Up For National Anthem

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3:57 pm 30 Nov, 2015

In October last year, Preity Zinta had earned the ire of Twitterati when she threw out a boy from a theatre for not standing up for the National Anthem.

 

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In September that year, a man in Kerala was charged with sedition for not standing up when the National Anthem was being played.

Today, not standing up for the National Anthem became a harrowing experience for a family as they were forced to leave a theatre by almost the entire audience.

Like in previous cases, Twitterati criticised the ‘vigilantism’ shown by the crowd and called it a display of ‘intolerance’.

 

 

 

One Twitter user brought up this argument:

 

 

A response to that is in the Quora question, ‘Why do Indian Muslims oppose the National Anthem?’:

 

Quora

 

And here are two more, one of which also questions the very purpose of the National Anthem:


 

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So, going by the responses above, it is clear that anyone can stand up for the National Anthem.

But there is no law that holds guilty someone who does not ‘stands up’ for the National Anthem.

This is the only law that tells what constitutes ‘insult’ to the National Anthem:

 

THE PREVENTION OF INSULTS TO NATIONAL HONOUR ACT, 1971

3. PREVENTION OF SINGING OF NATIONAL ANTHEM

Whoever intentionally prevents the singing of the Indian National Anthem or causes disturbances to any assembly engaged in such singing shall be punished with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.

 

However, standing up when the National Anthem is sung is seen as an act of respect towards the country.

And this is what others pointed out on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

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