For Dishonoring During National Anthem, 12 Arrested In Kerala And 8 Beaten In TN
By F9 Team : 13-Dec-2016
Since the Supreme Court has directed all the movie theaters to play the national anthem before beginning the movie and required every person present in the theater to stand up as a symbol of respect while the national anthem is played, two incidents have happened in the South India.
In Kerala, at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday, 12 people were taken into custody by the police for being seated during the national anthem before the movie. In Tamil Nadu, a mob of 20 persons has attacked and beat another group of 8 people in a Chennai cinema hall for not standing during the national anthem.
In the Tamil Nadu incident, 8 persons including 3 women were assaulted by 20 people, the police have filed a case against the 8 under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, as the 20 people have cited the Supreme Court order regarding national anthem.
In the Kerala incident, since the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, the organizers of the Film Fest has not filed a case against the 12 people, the police said the case of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act was not filed against the 12 people. However, the police have let the 12 people go, after registering a case under Section 188 of the IPC — disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant.
The 12 people were taken into custody in Kerala, Ramith Raj, Vijesh, Ajith, Amaljith, Jishnu, Mridula, Vineesh Kumar, Joylal C Jose, Haneefa C S, Noushad, Ashok Kumar and Rathimole. Of these, Vineesh Kumar, Joylal C Jose and Rathimole are journalists.