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Other side of the mirror: When lights on dance bars turned off

One night in 2005, as a ban turned the lights off on dance bars, the lives of Mumbai’s dancers changed forever. With it, that of taxi drivers, tailors, waiters, hawkers — an entire economy that sustained the industry. Fourteen years later, as Supreme Court clears the decks for reopening of dance bars, Tabassum Barnagarwala tells their stories.

Mumbai police go after dance bars with hidden cameras

Prior to the new Act, the Mumbai police could book those running illegal dance bars under mild, bailable non-cognizable sections that carried a maximum imprisonment of three months.


'Maharashtra govt was planning a special session to reinforce ban on dance bars'

But decided to not take judiciary head on, instead make use of executive powers to crack down on violation.

Three dance bars receive conditional licence from Mumbai police

The bar owners are however not happy with the new law passed by the Maharashtra government, which puts in place measures like shutting down of dance bars by 11.30 pm and not serving liquor in the areas where bar dances were performed.

Maharashtra Dance bars Supreme Court asks state to give licences

A bench led by Justice Dipak Misra also asked the bar operators to give an undertaking that they would not engage employees with criminal antecedents near the dance area.

Maharashtra Assembly passes Dance Bar Bill

Owners or operators face up to five years in jail and fines of up to Rs 25,000 for violations.


Maharashtra govt may rope in women’s commission to regulate dance bars

Sources said members from the women commission and NGOs fighting for women’s rights may even be permitted to inspect dance bars.

Mumbai: Stage set for dance bars to open

Police give licences to 4 dance bar owners, more to be issued this week.

‘Achchhe Din’ only for dance bar owners, says Raj Thackeray

“I have only understood one thing clearly. Ab ki baar it is only dance bar and Achchhe Din only for dance bar owners,” Raj Thackeray said.

Supreme Court directive on dance bars: 'Ready to ensure there is no obscenity inside bars'

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected certain conditions like providing live CCTV footage to Police on performances in dance bars and asked the Maharashtra government to grant licences to owners within 10 days after they comply with modified guidelines.