With the government’s push to popularise the Indian national flag this year with the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign really struck a chord with the citizens. We got to see lakhs of tricolours waving on the roofs of the homes and also on the vehicles. There are several codes of conduct for handling the Indian national flag. Here is a citizen who used the Indian flag to clean his scooter. He was later arrested by the police.
Soni Zaidi of Delhi proudly using the tricolour to clean his scooter which has an expired insurance. pic.twitter.com/p2bKvodIxc
— Homi Devang Kapoor (@Homidevang31) September 7, 2022
Delhi Police apprehended a 52-year-old man for allegedly using the tricolours to clean his scooter. The incident took place in northeast Delhi’s Bhajanpura area. The incident came to light after a purported video of the man cleaning his scooter became viral on the Internet. The incident was recorded by the locals on their phones and was uploaded on social media platforms.
The video shows the man cleaning and dusting his scooter, which is parked in a narrow lane with the national flag. The flag seems to be folded in his hands.
Taking cognizance of a video being shared on social media wherein one person is seen using the National Flag in disrespectful manner, #DelhiPolice has registered an FIR. Accused has been apprehended; flag & scooty recovered.
Further legal action underway. #DelhiPoliceUpdates
— Delhi Police (@DelhiPolice) September 7, 2022
A senior police officer says that “In this matter, legal action has been initiated and a case has been registered under section 2 of Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971 at Bajanpura police station. The accused has been asked to join the investigation. He said it wasn’t deliberate and he did it by mistake. We are still asking him to join the probe and attend the court hearings when called,”
Police seized the scooter and the flag that he used to clean the scooter.
How to hoist the Indian flag from a vehicle
According to the code of conduct, there are several rules that one needs to follow while displaying the Indian flag on their vehicles. First of all, the privilege to permanently display the Indian National Flag on motor cars is limited to the President, Vice-President, Governors and Lieutenant Governors, and Heads of Indian Missions/Posts abroad, Prime Minister, Cabinet ministers, speaker of Lok Sabha and Chief Justice of India.
Under Section 3.12, there is a provision for private vehicle owners to display the flag as well. According to the law, “When the Flag is displayed alone on a motor car, it shall be flown from a staff, which should be affixed firmly either on the middle front of the bonnet or to the front right side of the car.”
” Misuse of the national flag, or anyone who ‘burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or 1 [otherwise shows disrespect to or brings] into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts) the Indian National Flag or the Constitution of India or any part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.’”
There is no data available on how many cases have been filed against motorists for misusing or wrongly displaying the Indian national flag.