Chennai youths beaten for not standing while National Anthem was played

This is the first such incident being reported since the Supreme Court order made it compulsory for all cinema halls across the country to play the National Anthem before the screening of a movie and for people present to stand up while it is being played

Chennai youths beaten for not standing while National Anthem was played

Three youths were roughed up for not standing when the National Anthem was being played before the screening of a film in Chennai. They, along with three others, including a woman, have been booked under provisions of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.

The incident took place during the intermission of an 11.30 am show at Kasi theatre in Chennai's Ashok Nagar, the TOI reported.  Around 20 people beat up the trio after an argument.


Following the incident, a case was registered against the people. A case has been registered against seven persons, The Hindu reported.

A separate complaint has also been filed against the people, who allegedly beat up the seven persons, after the police later took members of both groups to Ashok Nagar Police Station for an inquiry, the report added.

The report said the seven persons allegedly took selfies inside Kasi Theatre near Ashok Nagar when the National Anthem was being played, leading to a fracas with another group of cinema-goers who objected.

This is the first such incident being reported since the Supreme Court order made it compulsory for all cinema halls across the country to play the National Anthem before the screening of a movie and for people present to stand up while it is being played.

The Supreme Court had ordered it on November 30. The top court last week, had modified its order exempting differently-able persons from the rule.