Take legal action against e-commerce websites which sell 'masks', 'T-shirts' etc. made to look like the national flag - HJS

"VAN" (Delhi Bureau - 13.08.2022) :: The 'national flag' is a matter of identity for millions of Indians. Using it for any other purpose, with few exceptions, is a cognisable and non-bailable offense. However, the Tricolour masks made by Kapoor's company like the national flag are being sold on e-commerce websites such as India Mart, Red-Bubble and Snap-Deal. Also, 'Flipkart' and 'My Flower Tree' websites are selling 'T-shirts' shaped like Tricolour in shops and on the streets. Doing so is an offense punishable under the 'Indian Flag Code'. Therefore, on behalf of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti's 'Surajya Abhiyan', Dr. Manoj Solanki demanded that action must be taken against those who sell 'masks', 'T-shirts' etc. made like the national flag. In this regard it has also been sent to Amit Shah, Union Home Minister.

The use of Tricolour masks for sneezing, spitting on them, becoming unsanitary, and finally throwing them in the garbage after use etc., disrespects the national flag printed on them. The same goes for T-shirts. To do so with respect to the National Flag, in terms of Sections 2 and 5 of the 'Prevention of Misuse of National Emblems Act, 1950'; It is also an offense punishable under Section 2 of the 'Prevention of Defamation of National Dignity Act, 1971' and the three Acts of 'Insignia and Name (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950'. However, the Government should strictly implement these laws. For this, the Central Government should send guidelines to all the States, and the Bombay High Court should act on the public interest petition filed in this context in the year 2011 as per the directive 'Government should prevent the desecration of the national flag'.


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