Mumbai (Maharashtra), [India], Jan 17 (ANI): The Supreme Court’s verdict Thursday on dance bars is a mixed judgement and does not reflect the sentiments of the people of Maharashtra, said Maharashtra Home Minister of State, Ranjeet Patil.
The Supreme Court allowed dance bars to re-open in Mumbai, stating that there cannot be “a total prohibition” on them in the country’s commerce capital.
“The Supreme Court’s judgement given today about dance bars is a judgement of mixed nature. However, sentiments of the people of Maharashtra are against dance bars, so this judgement doesn’t reflect the sentiments of the people of Maharashtra, Patil said.
“We have come to know about the judgment through media channels. We will go through the detailed order once it comes out. We will follow the Supreme Court’s verdict with all due respect but will not allow any wrongdoing in the name of dance bars in the state,” he added.
The apex court also relaxed the stringent conditions set by the state government for obtaining a license for running dance bars but upheld the five-and-a-half hour limit for dance performances.
In its verdict, the apex court also set aside the “vague” conditions of the state government for “putting up CCTV cameras in bars and giving licenses to the people of good character.”
Allowing for an orchestra and tips, the apex court, however, stated that showering performers with cash is not allowed inside the bars.
Quashing the rule that segregates the dancing stage from the bar area where drinks are served, the Supreme Court in its verdict also struck down a condition by which dance bars were supposed to be one kilometre away from educational and religious places.
The Supreme Court, however, upheld a rule of Maharashtra government according to which working women should have a contract so that she could not be exploited but quashed the rule of a monthly salary for bar dancers.
The Dance Bar Regulation Bill unanimously passed by the Assembly on April 13, 2017, prohibits, among other things, serving liquor in performance areas and mandates that the premises must shut by 11.30 pm. (ANI)
This is published unedited from the ANI feed.