A video reportedly showing a family being forced to leave a Mumbai theatre for not standing up during the national anthem has gone viral on social media and also on WhatsApp and other messaging platforms.
The over two-minute video clip shows a bunch of theatre-goers gang up and crowd a man and his family during a film screening at PVR Cinema at Kurla's Phoenix Market City. The crowd accuses the man of disrespecting the national anthem by not standing up. The man, who initially says that he didn't want to stand later goes on to explain that he has a knee problem.
The family continues to try and defend themselves from the crowd, but it's to no avail.
The bitter verbal altercation leads to some theatre official asking the family to leave, following which the audience breaks out in applause and the screening is resumed.
A clip from the video
The viral video titled ‘Muslim family thrown out of the cinema hall’ sparked strong reactions on Twitter and Facebook with people divided over the issue.
According to the police officials, the incident took place during the late night show at PVR Cinema at Phoenix Market City in Kurla, which falls under the jurisdiction of Ghatkopar police station.
The cops said that they had checked with the management of the multiplex who claimed that they had solved the matter internally after the family left the premises.
Senior Police Inspector Venkat Patil from Ghatkopar police station said, “The incident took place last week, but nothing was reported with the police station. But it’s surely nothing to do with any religion.”
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