New Delhi, Oct 23: The Supreme Court has said that it will not modify its order on playing the national anthem at movie theatres for now. The court has directed the government to decide and bring in a regulation on playing the national anthem at movie theatres.

The court also observed that not singing the national anthem at movie theatres was not a sign of anti-nationalism. The court added that one does not need to wear patriotism on their sleeves. “What if someone objects to wearing shorts in Cinema halls, where do we stop this moral policing”, Justice DY Chandrachud said.

The ball is now in the government’s court to decide on passing an order on national anthem in movie halls.

Justice Chandrachud further said people were afraid of being called anti-national if they opposed mandatory order (Supreme Court’s 2016 judgement). He further said that people go to cinema halls for entertainment, not moral policing.

The Supreme Court had ruled in November 2016 that the cinema halls must play National Anthem before movie screenings and it was mandatory for the people to stand up in respect. The court had said that “love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the national anthem as well as to the national flag”.