Vande Mataram Compulsory in All Government, Private Offices at Least Once a Month, in Schools Once a Week: Madras HC

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If anyone has difficulty in singing Vande Mataram, then he/she shall not be compelled or forced provided there are valid reasons, the court added.

Chennai, July 25: The Madras High Court on Tuesday said national song Vande Mataram to be played sung in all schools, colleges, Universities at least once a week. The national song to be played and sung in all government offices and institutions, private companies, factories and industries at least once a month, the court said.

The court asked the Director of Public Information to upload translated version of Vande Mataram in Tamil and English languages on government websites and social media.

If anyone has difficulty in singing Vande Mataram, then he/she shall not be compelled or forced provided there are valid reasons, the court added.

In April this year, the Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Centre on a plea seeking singing of national song Vande Mataram for all educational institutions. The next hearing in the matter will take place on August 23.

The Uttar Pradesh administration has been active in making Vande Mataram compulsory in Municipal Corporations. The Bareilly, Allahabad and Meerut municipal corporations have made it compulsory for their officials to say Vande Mataram.

Last year, the apex court had made it mandatory for people to stand up for the National Anthem in theatres.

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