New Delhi, February 14: The Supreme Court today clarified that people are not obliged to stand up when the National Anthem is played as part of a film or documentary. This comes months after the apex court had ordered that National Anthem must be played in all the cinema halls across the country.Earlier, the court had also modified its order to exempt physically challenged or physically handicapped persons from standing up in cinema halls when the anthem is played. The apex court had, in November, ordered cinema halls to mandatorily play the anthem and directed all those present there to stand up to show respect.
The court also ruled that the anthem should not be commercially exploited or dramatized. "When the national anthem is played it is imperative for everyone to show honor and respect. It would instill a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism," it said.
The apex court has also said that the national anthem must not be printed on any undesirable object. In 2003, the Maharashtra government passed an order asking for the anthem to be played before the screening of any film.
Also, The Supreme Court today said, it will frame issues relating to Triple Talaq on Thursday. The court asked all parties to place the agreeable points by tomorrow. The apex court made it clear that it will only deliberate on legal propositions relating to Triple Talaq. It said it will not decide whether divorce under Muslim Personal Law should be supervised by courts.