New Delhi: New guidelines making it mandatory to stand for national anthems in cinema halls created quite a stir on the social media after several incidents of people being assaulted for not standing for the anthem, including one where a disabled person was also attacked.
The Supreme Court’s decision was met with queries about what disabled people are supposed to do and the government recently came out with guidelines stating that disabled people should be still and alert when national anthem is played and that those with mild intellectual disability should be “trained to respect”.
The report sparked outrage as many questioned if we even have basic disabled-friendly infrastructure before going on to announce such diktats. This outcry poured on to Twitter as users shared their take on the guidelines.
We are now "training" disabled people to respect the national anthem?— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) January 22, 2017
Let's first get ramps and facilities for them and respect them first! pic.twitter.com/hyz1qxkHBh
Population is our biggest problem. Wearing tricolour condoms mandatory will make more sense than playing National Anthem in theatres. pic.twitter.com/iySysH5YdW— Sherlock (@engineerology) January 22, 2017
SC asks govt to form guidelines on how physically disabled can respect national anthem, and, govt actually comes with one. Idiots!— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) January 22, 2017
Disabled should be still, alert when National Anthem is Played. Those with Mild Intellectual Disability should be trained to respect. BMKJ pic.twitter.com/0UgwPgZnYK— Joy (@Joydas) January 22, 2017
The advisory has been subject to sharp criticism as it was issued after the Supreme Court exempted the physically challenged from standing up when the national anthem is played....