Srinagar: College students remain seated during national anthem

A video from Srinagar has surfaced wherein some college students can be seen seated while the national anthem was being played.

The video was shot at the convocation ceremony of Central University of Kashmir, which took place on July 4. While majority of those present at the ceremony stood up during the national anthem, a handful chose to remain seated.

A similar incident took place in November last year, when two students of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University in Rajouri were booked for disrespecting the national anthem.

In another identical incident, a Students’ Federation of India (SFI) leader was suspended from his college in Kochi for allegedly insulting the national anthem in March this year.

In October 2015, A 25-year-old philosophy student from Trivandrum (name withheld), was slapped with sedition charges for allegedly remaining seated and hooting when the national anthem was played at a theatre in Trivandrum. The youngster had also been charged under section 66A of India’s Information Technology Act for allegedly publishing abusive social media posts about Independence Day on August 15.

In one of the incidents in 2008, Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor’s exhortation to sing the National Anthem the American way, by placing the right hand on the left side of the chest had created a flutter across the country. A case was registered against Tharoor under section 3 of Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1977, enacted to prohibit desecration or insult to the country’s national anthem.

Source: ANI

Disclaimer: The article has been corrected as per the corrections made via ANI Tweets

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