2 Kashmiris booked for sitting through India’s national anthem
Srinagar: Two Kashmiri men have been booked for not standing up for India’s national anthem at a cinema hall in Jammu.
The duo identified as Mudasir Ahmad of Handwara and Javid Ahmad of Anantnag was arrested on Thursday evening at a cinema hall in Wave Mall on Jammu outskirts, where they had gone to watch Bollywood movie Raees.
Station House Officer Narwal police station Wasim said the duo was arrested on a complaint filed by the security of the mall.
“They were talking to each other when the anthem was being played,” he said. A case under Prevention of Insults to National Honour (FIR 31/2017) has been registered against them.
The duo has been taken into remand for two days, he said.
Last year, the Supreme Court directed cinema halls across India to play national anthem before screening a film. Also, it directed people to “stand up in respect” as it would “instil a feeling within one a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism.”