National anthem compulsory in theaters across India: Supreme Court

Several incidents of people being thrown out of movie halls for not standing up for the anthem have been reported.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday made it for theater halls across India to play the national anthem before the picture begins as well as an image of the national flag on the monitor.

The court also stated that everyone present in the theatre hall must stand up and pay their respects.

"SC stated that the National Anthem must not be dramatised or commercially exploited," Abhinav Srivastav, legal counsel for petitioner, told reporters.

The problem continues to be debated across the country with many in favour of the anthem being sung in theaters, while others against it. Several episodes of individuals being thrown from picture halls for not standing up for the anthem have also been reported.