This video of a Muslim family refusing to stand up and pay their respect to the Indian national anthem went viral on all social media platforms recently.
The video clip portrays the hassle of few people arguing with a family, who they accuse of making excuses for not standing up when the national anthem was playing in the cinema hall. The family tries to do all they can in an attempt to defend themselves, but their efforts go down the drain when they’re forced to leave the theater.
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We are not able to verify the authenticity of the location according to some reports; this incident is said to have taken place during a show of the movie ‘Tamasha’ at PVR in Kurla, Mumbai, whilst some reports suggest that the incident took place at PVR in Bengaluru.
National Honours Act
Section 3 of the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971 states that whoever intentionally prevents the singing of the Indian National Anthem or causes disturbance 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.
A logical interpretation of this Section implies that only those who “intentionally prevent” or “cause disturbance” to the singing of the National Anthem are liable to be prosecuted under the Act.
Respecting National Anthem is not a choice. Its a fundamental duty. A duty that you are bound to fulfill in return for all the country offers.