Year : 2003
ACT NO. 31 OF 2003.
[8th May, 2003.]
An Act to amend the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
BE it enacted by Parliament in the Fifty-fourth Year of the Republic of India as follows:-
In section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 (69 of 1971) (hereinafter referred to as the principal Act),-
(a) For the words (otherwise brings", the words "otherwise shows disrespect to or brings" shall be substituted;
(b) After Explanation 3, the following Explanation shall be inserted, namely:-
Explanation 4.-The disrespect to the Indian National Flag means and includes-
(a) A gross affront or indignity offered to the Indian National Flag; or
(b) Dipping the Indian National Flag in salute to any person or thing;or
(c) Flying the Indian National Flag at half-mast except on occasions on which the Indian National Flag is flown at half-mast on public buildings in accordance with the instructions issued by the
(d) Using the Indian National Flag as a drapery in any form whatsoever except in State Funerals or armed forces or other para- military forces funerals; or
(e) Using the Indian National Flag as a portion of costume or uniform of any description or embroidering or printing it on cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins or any dress material; or
(f) Putting any kind of inscription upon the Indian National Flag; or
(g) Using the Indian National Flag as a receptacle for receiving, delivering or carrying anything except flower petals before the Indian National Flag is unfurled as a part of celebrations on special occasions including the Republic Day or the independen e Day; or
(h) Using the Indian National Flag as covering for a statute or a monument or a speakers desk or a speakers platform; or
(i) Allowing the Indian National Flag to touch the ground or the floor or trail in water intentionally; or
(j) Draping the Indian National Flag over the hood, top and sides or back or on a vehicle, train, boat or an aircraft or any other similar object; or
(k) Using the Indian National Flag as a covering for a building; or
(i) Intentionally displaying the Indian National Flag with the
Whoever, having already been convicted of an offence under section 2 or section 3, is again convicted of any such offence shall be punishable for the second and for every subsequent offence, wit imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year.".