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Sitting during anthem not crime: Court

February 04, 2005 15:41 IST
Last Updated: February 04, 2005 16:10 IST

A local court in Indore has ruled that not standing in the attention position during the national anthem is not prima facie a crime.

"It is the moral duty of a person to stand in the attention position when the national anthem is played. But if they do not do so, then, prima facie, it is not a crime under the 1971 Act."

Also the 2002 National Flag Code does not say it is a crime if a person is not standing at attention, judicial magistrate Narendra Jain ruled while dismissing a petition filed against Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi and Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav for remaining seated during the rendition of the national anthem at a function.

"The court has not found prima facie any evidence to act against the couple under these two acts, and therefore, it is dismissing the complaint," the magistrate said.

The petition was filed on the basis of a photograph, published by an evening paper in Indore, showing the couple sitting while others were standing at attention.

The court further held that the photograph did not establish if the national anthem was being played at the time.

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Sub: Insane Indians, please respect the anthem...

Sitting during anthem is of course a BIG crime. Why is there an arguement on this? Why can't there be a similar code of conduct ...

Posted by Representative of sane Indians

Sub: Moral values

It is not a crime legally to sit through, when the national anthem is played. But it is moral duty of political leaders to follow ...

Posted by Dr.C.R.Sathyanarayanan

Sub: national anthem

it may not be a crime in the context of law ,but still then the persons can be punished by imposing some penalty for showing ...

Posted by bir kumar

Sub: National anthem - a touchy symbolism

The National anthem is just another touchy issue that is used by touchy people and vested interests to cause trouble. Hey, there are many more ...

Posted by Sanjiv

Sub: how about this?

how about spreading a khat (bed) and lying down with a newspaper while the national anthem is going on? why not treat it like some ...

Posted by Pankaj


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