To read on International Business Times website:
Govt issues guidelines for differently-abled and disabled for respecting national anthem before movies
The Supreme Court had made playing of the national anthem mandatory before films on November 30, 2016, and not standing up for it an offence.
The Central government, in response to many disabled and differently-abled people, complaining about standing up during the national anthem played in theatres, has released a list of guidelines for them.
The government’s measure is meant to assuage their fears and reduce instances of disrespect being shown to the national anthem.
The Supreme Court, on November 30, had in an order made the playing of the national anthem mandatory in all cinema halls before a movie was played. It had also made it an offence for people not standing up during the national anthem, and several were even arrested for this offence soon after!
Now, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has come up with what it calls « guidelines prescribing modalities for persons with disabilities to show respect to the national anthem. » However, it notes that these do not apply to the able-bodied escorts who may accompany the differently-abled to theatres, and that they should stand up when the national anthem is played.
For those with physical and locomotor disabilities
For the intellectually-isabled
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment says of someone with intellectual disabilities — like Parkinson’s disease or Down’s syndrome, coming to cinemas: « The persons with intellectual disabilities will have behavioural problems like flapping of the hands, screaming, shouting, abnormal body movements, difficulty in performing practical task etc. »
In such cases, the ministry puts the onus on the common man to accommodate them, saying: « The public is required to be sensitised so as to avoid any unwarranted incident against persons with intellectual disabilities and they are not being harassed. »