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Should XVideos play national anthem before porn clip, asks sarcastic Change.org petition

The petitioner argued that this step will instill a sense of pride and helps in tying reproductive urgency with patriotism
Hashin Jithu argued that this step would help to indoctrinate “a sense of primacy to patriotism”

Following the Supreme Court direction to play the national anthem in all cinema halls in the country before the film, an online petition, with tongue firmly in cheek, has begun collecting signatures on Change.org for a court or governmental order asking that internet porn sites play the national anthem before and after porn videos.

Started by one Hashin Jithu, the petition requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make it mandatory for XVideos.com, a popular porn website, to play the national anthem before and after every video hosted in the site.

“It is well known that a huge number of Indian teens spend a lot of their time on Xvideos.com along with other sites during their formative years,” the petition read.

“Making them listen to the national anthem before watching a venereal video will instill a sense of pride and helps in tying reproductive urgency with patriotism,” it continued.

Hashin Jithu argued that this step would help to indoctrinate “a sense of primacy to patriotism” and also result in creating “docile future citizens through responsible reproductive behaviours in favour of the nation tribe.”

Read the Change.org petition here

However, another petition has been filed in Change.Org  seeking strict action against Hashin Jithu for “disgracing the Indian National Anthem.”

While this can be called an extremely satirical rebuke of the Supreme Court decision to instill “committed patriotism and nationalism”.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy on Wednesday ordered that the national anthem be played in theatres before the film after closing the doors. Moreover, the court ordered that the national anthem in movie halls should be accompanied by national flag on screen and everyone present in there must rise and pay respect to it.

Several people have objected to the closed door rule, drawing attention to the Uphaar tragedy of June 13, 1997 where 59 people died in the Delhi cinema hall because the doors were shut from outside.

However, legal experts claimed there was no logical reasoning or law cited to justify any of these directions made by the Supreme Court.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of legality as much as its propriety. It’s not an offence, there is no act which says you must stand,” said senior advocate Iqbal Chagla was quoted by The Times of India earlier.

In October this year, Salil Chaturvedi, a poet and disability campaigner, was attacked in a Goa cinema for not standing during the national anthem.

Meanwhile in September 2014, M. Salman, a resident of Kerala, was arrested after complaints saying he and his friends did not stand up when the national anthem was being played before a movie in a state-owned movie theatre in Thiruvananthapuram.

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