Three youth in Chennai Beaten up for not standing in Theatre during Nation Anthem

Chennai:  In a shocking case of misdirected public anger, a group of three Chennai youth has beaten up for not standing when the Nation Anthem was being played before Screening. The Three Chennai youth Vijayakumar Vijji, a freelancing movie reviewer has gone to movie Chennai 28-II with his two friends Sabaritha and Shreela. The people has not stood during the National Anthem almost of 20 people attacked them and then escalated into a beatdown. As none of the audience came to rescue the youth from the gang. Standing for the national anthem is indeed a mark of respect, but failure to do so shouldn’t make you the target of a threatening crowd. It is reported that around nine people were remained seated during the play.

Three youth in Chennai Beaten up for not standing in Theatre during Nation Anthem

Chennai Youth beat up for not standing during Nation Anthem in Theatre
Chennai Youth beat up for not standing during Nation Anthem in Theatre

This incident has taken place at around 11:30 AM in Kasi Theatre at Ashok Nagar when the Nation Anthem was playing the group of people have not stood up. It is noted that around nine people were seated during the play. During the interval, one  Vijayakumar  grabbed Viji by the collar and demanded the reason as of why  he remain seated while the anthem was being played. After that, around 20 people ganged up and beaten Viji and his two friends.

According to the reports, Shreela, one of the people in the group said, We were harassed and manhandled by the men. They issued life threats and assaulted us. We did not have any intention to show disrespect. We strongly believe that a cinema hall is not the place to play Nation Anthem and mandatorily ask everyone to stand up for it. We had already decided that we wouldn’t do so. The victims also alleged that none from the audience came to the rescue.

A 28-year old Vijayakumar, a civil service aspirant who is accused of assaulting them claimed that the group of eight were taking selfies, clapping and whistling when the anthem was played. Angered by this, along with around twenty others in the theatre, I questioned the group during the interval. And a verbal fight erupted. Immediately the manager from the theatre pacified us and we continued watching the movie along with a security guard.

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