National Anthem no longer mandatory in cinema halls

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 9th 2018, modified its one-year-old previous order that made it mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening the films.this was contrary to the Government request to maintain the status quo.

“Where will this moral policing stop?”

A reversal was in the cards when a Supreme court judge questioned the previous order and called it “moral policing.” During the hearing in October 2017, Justice DY Chandrachud had criticised the government for supporting the previous order, saying, “Next, you will want people to stop wearing T-shirts and shorts to cinema halls, calling it disrespect to the national anthem. Where will this moral policing stop?” he had asked, adding that people go to movie halls for “undiluted entertainment”.