Legal Should you stand for the national anthem? This is what the law says Updated : November 13, 2019 03:02 PM IST As per the Constitution of India, it is the duty of every citizen to abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the national flag and the national anthem. The apex court has said that if the national anthem is played in the cinema theatres the people in attendance should stand to show respect. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.