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Supreme Court clarifies confusing rule about standing up during anthem
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2017 11:15 AM CST
In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 photo, Indian people stand in a queue to enter a movie theatre in Kolkata, India.   (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

(Newser) – Last year, India's Supreme Court said that movie theaters in the country must play the national anthem before each film, and that audience members must stand while it's being played. On Tuesday, the same court clarified that this does not mean audience members must stand if the national anthem is played as part of a movie, newsreel, or documentary shown in a theater, the Hindu reports. A petitioner asked the court for the clarification. As the Indian Express notes, moviegoers had been at risk of being harassed if they did not stand when the anthem was played as part of the plot of a film. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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