Maharashtra govt defends in SC new law on dance bars

On August 30, the top court had issued a notice to the Maharashtra Government over the new law for dance bar licenses asking it to reply within six months.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 11, 2017 7:33 pm
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The Maharashtra government has justified the restrictions imposed by the state government on dance bars saying “there’s no art in their dance”. During a hearing in the Supreme Court in the Mumbai dance bar case on Wednesday, the government counsel said: “There’s no art in their dance, they aren’t trained artistes and hence their dance may become obscene.”

The state government further submitted that the bars must have CCTVs inside the premises since “they are visited by criminal elements”.

On September 21, the apex court had ruled in favour of three bar owners who had challenged the “stringent” norms imposed by the state government to ensure “safety of women”. A division bench of the top court, headed by Justice Dipak Misra and Justice C Nagappan, had then allowed the three bars with proper CCTVs to function.

Batting for age restrictions, the government counsel also said those under 21 years of age should not be allowed to go to dance bars as they could be “spoiled”. “Those below 21 can’t be allowed as they can get spoiled by the kind of amusement bars provide. They must be kept away from such atmosphere,” the counsel said.

On August 30, the top court had issued a notice to the Maharashtra Government over the new law for dance bar licences asking it to reply within six months. The Dance Bar Regulation Bill, which was unanimously passed by the Maharashtra Assembly on April 13, also prohibits serving liquor in performance areas. It also imposes heavy penalties on dance bar owners and customers for not following these rules.

The dance bar owners objected to the restrictions imposed by the state government. Rules like maintaining a mandatory distance of one kilometer from any religious or educational structure, closing the dance bars before 11.30 pm and others have hit the dance bar business, claim the bar owners.

With ANI inputs.

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    Prateik
    Jan 11, 2017 at 6:57 am
    Look at the state of Supreme Court of India. Since there is a deliberate attempt to undefine the meaning of freedom(so that citizens can always be confused as to what FK is that freedom), the consutional rights are still INTERPRETED BY THE JOBLESS DUFFERS IN SC. HOW DOES SUCH LOW LEVEL CASES FIRST OF ALL COME SO FAST AND GET DISPOSED SO FAST? How they reach the SC So early while there are cases pending for 4 generations. Similarly actress Kushboo vs Subramanian Swamy(another Bugger who is inversely disproportionate to his education) on pre-marital SEKS comment that the actress made.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why the FK my tax money be spent on those s in SC for disposing off such stupid cases. Are they running something else at SC or is the SC run by something else.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Shut Down the fking judiciary first!
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      Mendoninga
      Jan 11, 2017 at 11:40 am
      I guess society is too permissive to women . The kind of tension which hits the men when they are out should get better some harmless release , like bars . Politics should not egde things to uncontrollable rather mitigate all tensions . For the society is changed due to free mixing and modernity , and needs some tension release .lt;br/gt; Also please dont take the livelyhood of poor girls!! lt;br/gt;Also what about the city girls who are flirtng out at large advertizing the ets, should they be also punished
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        bil
        Jan 11, 2017 at 6:53 pm
        LET DANCE BARS CONTINUE OR GIVE MONEY TO THE UNEMPLO DANCERS.
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          Kaliyug
          Jan 11, 2017 at 1:36 pm
          Adults being entertained by adults, I wonder why the Maharashtra Government is feeling that it is their duty to stop it. Your time can be better spent catching the crooks like the Pawars, Chavans, Deshcrooks, Patils etc who have defrauded the Indian tax payers for so long.
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            Antony
            Jan 11, 2017 at 11:34 am
            The more restrictions the more will be crime rate against women! If somebody wants to relax after a days hard work what is the problem? Are we following Saudi Arabia here?
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              Sreenivasan
              Jan 11, 2017 at 8:18 am
              How much art is there in our movie item dance scenes ? Why it has become a must in all commercial movies ? Why it is allowed ?
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                Ivanovitch
                Jan 11, 2017 at 11:46 am
                First regulate bollywood obscenity if you have the will , then come back . Bollywood is far worse.
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                  Ivan
                  Jan 11, 2017 at 11:27 am
                  These people are dancing for their livelihoods. As long as there is no abuse, gross obscenity or pimping, I do not see why the government has to poke its nose into these matters. The bars are a relatively safe environment for the women, since they can be regulated by the authorities. But if the trade is driven underground these women will be at the mercy of pimps and the police. All too often the end result of the 'concern' of the morality police is to drive people into the hands of pimps and thugs.
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