The Chennai police registered a case against seven persons for disrespecting the national anthem at a theatre in the city.
It is the first case since the Supreme Court made it mandatory for cinemas in the country to play the national anthem at the beginning of film shows and for people to stand up in respect.
Complaint under Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971
The police invoked provisions of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, against the accused.
Provisions of the act:
The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 is an Act of the Parliament of India which prohibits desecration of or insult to the country's national symbols, including the National Flag, The Constitution, Indian map and the National Anthem.
National flag and constitution
Whoever in any public place or in any other place within public view burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts) the Indian National Flag or the Constitution of India or any part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.
Whoever intentionally prevents the singing of the Jana Gana Mana or causes disturbances to any assembly engaged in such singing shall be punished with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.