The Central Government has issued guidelines prescribing modalities for persons with disabilities to show respect to the national anthem at movie halls.
The Supreme Court, by its order dated 30th November, 2016, made it mandatory for all cinema theatres to play the national anthem before the screening of a movie begins, during which the national flag is to be shown on the screen.
Later the apex court modified the earlier order to the extent that physically challenged i.e., persons with disability as under Section 2(i) and 2(t) of the Disability Act, 1995, shall not be asked to stand up.
During the hearing, the Attorney General submitted that regarding ‘how the physically challenged or physically handicapped persons shall show respect to the national anthem’, the Central Government would issue guidelines within 10 days.
As per the notification, the following guidelines were issued: