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Centre tells states: ensure respect to flag, anthem

In a communication to all states and Union territories, the Home Ministry has said it has received complaints about disrespect being shown to the national anthem and flag and asked them to ensure their honour is protected.

national flag, national anthem, central govt, state govt, Flag Code of India 2002, National Honour Act 1971, nda govt, india news, latest news The Centre’s missive came amid the debate on nationalism triggered by a JNU event to commemorate hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. (Source: Express archive)

After having “received several complaints” about alleged disrespect to the national anthem and the Tricolour, the government has asked states to ensure “strict compliance” of laws, violations of which attract three years’ imprisonment or fine, or both.

In a communication to all states and Union territories, the Home Ministry has said it has received complaints about disrespect being shown to the national anthem and flag and asked them to ensure their honour is protected.

Sent last month, the communication has also attached a copy each of ‘The Prevention of Insults to the National Honour Act 1971’ and ‘Flag Code of India, 2002’ and asked states and Union territories to ensure “strict compliance of the provisions contained in the Act and the Flag Code”.

“Such letters are periodically sent. They were sent last year too and also during the UPA regime,” a home ministry official said.

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The Centre’s missive came amid the debate on nationalism triggered by a JNU event to commemorate hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

“The National Anthem of India is played or sung on various occasions. Instructions have been issued from time to time about the correct versions of the anthem, the occasions on which these are to be played or sung and about the need for paying respect to the anthem by observance of proper decorum on such occasions,” the communication said.

First published on: 11-04-2016 at 02:45:31 am
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