Muslim family forced to leave theatre for 'disrespecting' Indian national anthem

Published: November 30, 2015
Family members try to defend themselves as people accuse them for disrespecting the Indian national anthem. PHOTO: TIMES OF INDIA

Family members try to defend themselves as people accuse them for disrespecting the Indian national anthem. PHOTO: TIMES OF INDIA

A video of a Muslim family being asked to leave a theatre in India for not standing up for the national anthem has gone viral on social media.

The short video clip shows a group of people arguing with the Muslim family who they accuse of making excuses for not standing up in respect of the Indian national anthem.

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As the family is forced to leave the theatre, people can be seen welcoming the act with applause.

The Times of India reported they could not verify where the incident took place as some reports claim it was in Mumbai, while others stated it happened in Bengaluru.

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Many took to Twitter to express disgust at the level of intolerance, while the video posted on Facebook has been shared thousands of times.

This article originally appeared on Times of India

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  • James
    Nov 30, 2015 - 6:09PM

    Had it been a Hindu/Christian/Sikh family, the situation would have been similar….there is no role of religion in this.Recommend

  • raw is war
    Nov 30, 2015 - 6:27PM

    In Pakistan they might lose their life for such an act.Recommend

  • Clockboy Ahmed
    Nov 30, 2015 - 6:41PM

    India is a constants source of drama.
    We had Muslims in Australia not attending national anthem due to Muhurram and now we are getting this news. We should stop living in modern democracies.
    Sharia and Caliphate is our future, forget living under non-Muslims, they don’t know Islam.Recommend

  • Stranger
    Nov 30, 2015 - 6:45PM

    Stop playing the anthem . A lot of ungodly irreligious irrational things are shown in the movies. The anthem does not suit such occasions . Recommend

  • pakistani
    Nov 30, 2015 - 6:47PM

    @raw is war:
    Really. What makes you think that… I have been to cinemas many times and in almost all the cases people sit and listen. They don’t have to standup.. keep defending the intolerance in India and one day when it bites you personally you will realize that its too late…

    We, in Pakistan, are getting rid of intolerance with the concerted effort of the army.. every country has some degree of intolerance. Problem with Indians is that you fail to admit itRecommend

  • Aneek Alam
    Nov 30, 2015 - 6:55PM

    Same thing is held in Pakistan as well when we are watching Hindi movie and boosting Indian economy. Just to say that People are soooo proud to stand for 60 seconds for our national anthem! but giving $$$ to other nation! Recommend

  • Nov 30, 2015 - 7:01PM

    Is the same case as was with vice preisdent hamid ansari, people dont know when to stand and when to salute for the national anthem or the national flag, they just make a fuss of it when there is a muslim around, these so call patriots are just trying to disturb the peace of the country, i earnestly request them to stop all this and stop protrating us as anti nationals, till when we have to prove our love for the country, if all this goes on then i dont see any hope for this great country, may God bless thses so called patriots.Recommend

  • Jack
    Nov 30, 2015 - 7:01PM

    @raw is war: Naa, not true. We are too engrossed in anticipating the movie’s beginning, we rarely notice who is standing and who isn’t! Recommend

  • Chachoo
    Nov 30, 2015 - 7:20PM

    @raw is war: Pakistan is far more tolerant than India. But Indians are living in a fools world. In our cinemas neither the national anthems are played and no one bothers if someone do not stand.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Nov 30, 2015 - 8:48PM

    Playing national anthem before the start of movie should be stopped. It itself is a great disrespect to the anthem. Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Nov 30, 2015 - 9:52PM

    So now reacting to disrespecting national anthem is intolerance?Recommend

  • Raisani
    Nov 30, 2015 - 11:33PM

    India is gonna collapse soon because of this intolerance n sickness. Recommend

  • Indian Muslim
    Dec 1, 2015 - 12:14AM

    Guys don’t compare Pakistan national anthem with India.. Both have different way to respect but he should have stand when everyone else standing… As a Muslim always stand when Indian national anthem song played… No harm in respect on country.

    But let them go out of the theater is sad… Recommend

  • atul
    Dec 1, 2015 - 12:29AM

    There are people who sacrifice life for the same national anthem …not long ago Col Mahadik from the same state of Maharashtra sacrificed his life for the country …..and here we are …even to stand on our feet for 2 mins is an issue of freedom , tolerance, legalese and what not …..Have a heart guys…Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 1, 2015 - 12:56AM

    You don’t have to stand up for National Anthem in Pakistani cinema. It is stupid to expect everyone to stand up for a National Anthem in an informal setting just like it is stupid to not stand up when you are among stupid people. Recommend

  • Alien1
    Dec 1, 2015 - 5:45AM

    In pakistan they would have been lynched in the theater itself.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 1, 2015 - 7:45AM

    You dumb people…. playing a national anthem in a movie theater is itself a disrespect .who will play their national anthem before watching a movie without you indians only. Imagine playing anthem before hate story and jismmmmmm…now who is respecting?Recommend

  • vivek
    Dec 1, 2015 - 9:53AM

    @ james Had it been a Hindu/Christian/Sikh family, the situation would have been different…..they would be standing for those 52 seconds. Recommend

  • Dec 1, 2015 - 9:53AM

    @raw is war:
    Believe me its not the case. I have witnessed it so many times in Pakistani cinemas and no body cares. India’s intolerance is at its peak and its growing day by day!Recommend

  • Vicky
    Dec 1, 2015 - 10:51AM

    Few days back, same incident happened in Australia, when a Muslim was accused of disrespecting Australian national anthem…
    Muslims must become flexible specially when they live in non Muslim majorityRecommend

  • SHAH
    Dec 1, 2015 - 11:35AM

    Not rue… and if you have witnessed it, then you must at least ask such violators to correct their error. This is your upbringing and training to honor the flag and anthem of a country; specially your own. Recommend

  • Punjab
    Dec 1, 2015 - 11:42AM

    First of all , one should avoid keeping National Anthem in Commercial Movie, secondly, Its should be necessary to stand in Cinema and such places.

    Also, It wrong to titel Muslim family forced, can be written family forced…. as no one knows religion by their face.. later on by name Media came to know they are Muslim, had they been Muslim,, there were no place in news for this incidents… Media is going low day by day… Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 1, 2015 - 11:56AM


    not long ago Col Mahadik from the same state of Maharashtra sacrificed his life for the country

    He was trying to kill the Kashmiri freedom fighters on their land so he is no hero, more like an oppressor.Recommend

  • S
    Dec 1, 2015 - 1:11PM

    Really? For your information, Pakistan has intolerance problem when it comes to religion but in terms of patriotism, we are very tolerant. Infact, many journalists, bloggers and anti-state elements in Pakistan openly criticise Pakistan and it’s system but noone attacks or sensor them. It’s almost fashion for people here to criticise their own country.

    PS. Put your house in order first before it’s too late.

    Ah! you can’t blame them. For the longest time, Indians have beleived in their greatness and superiority. It’s hard to admit that they are not that awesome as they beleived. Recommend

  • vashikar
    Dec 1, 2015 - 4:04PM

    This is our land before Bin Kasim and his goons invaded this sub continent. Better show respect to your land of birth or you are free to go where ever you want. Recommend

  • Shaine
    Dec 1, 2015 - 6:46PM

    @raw is war:
    Correction! In Pak no1 would have even bothered whether sum1 stood up for a national anthem or not. But we can expect anything in so called a SECULAR India where people are burnt alive for eating beef or being an untouchable.Recommend

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