There have been number of cases of people shouting at others in movie halls for not standing up when the national anthem is being played. But is it compulsory to stand up during the anthem? Is it written in the constitution that people have to stand up while the anthem is being played? Here are 5 things you should know about the national anthem:
1) The Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act 1971 does not state that a person has to sit or stand during the national anthem. What it means is that it does not state in the law that you must be standing while the anthem is being sung. But, you will be punished if you prevent the national anthem from being sung. You will also be punished if you cause disturbance during the anthem.
2) The Supreme Court has said that while it is not written in the law, a person should pay respect as told by the executive order (order by the government).
3) The executive order says that you have to stand during the national anthem.
4) So if you are not standing, you may not be punished because of the National Honour Act but you can be punished for not obeying Supreme Court's orders.
5) The Supreme Court allows exception for people with autism, cerebral palsy, who are on wheel-chair, multiple-disabilities, Parkinsons, deaf, and blind.