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November 30, 2016 11:13 AM EST

The Indian Supreme Court ordered movie theaters around the country to play the national anthem before every screening in an attempt to promote “a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism.”

Cinemas, which have 10 days to comply, must display the flag on the screen while the song plays, and moviegoers must stand in respect, the New York Times reports.

The ruling comes after a petition from a man who said he was once the only person to stand in a movie theater while the national anthem played. “The people sitting at the back objected, and said, ‘Let us watch the movie,’” he said. “It hurt me very badly.”


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