A 59-year-old man was allegedly assaulted in a movie theatre in Mumbai for not standing up when the National Anthem tune was played on screen during a scene in the movie Dangal, the police said on Monday.
The incident took place at a theatre in suburban Goregaon on Wednesday evening, when the victim, Amalraj Dasan, was allegedly hit on his face by the accused.
The particular scene pertained to depiction of winning of a gold medal by daughter of Mahavir Phogat (enacted by Aamir Khan).
The accused, identified as Shirish Madhukar, has been booked under IPC section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to broke peace), the police said, adding that a probe into the matter is on.
However, this is not the first-time hyper nationalists misuse the Supreme Court order to unleash attacks on those do not stand up for national anthem. Similar incidents were occurred earlier in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
The Supreme Court had ordered that the national anthem be played in all cinema halls across the country before every film screen and made it mandatory for the movie dodgers to stand up while it plays.
With inputs from agencies