Mumbai, April 11: The Maharashtra Cabinet gave their green signal to the new dance bar bill on Monday which is likely to be presented in the state Assembly on Tuesday. The new bill proposes a lot a stringent measures both for the visitors and owners to protect the bar girls from being exploited.Also Read - Maharashtra Reports First Case Of Zika Virus After Woman in Pune Tests Positive For Infection
Any person who touches or showers money on the dancers inside the bars are going to get entangled in a big trouble and can face a jail sentence with a hefty fine of Rs 50,000. The bill also has provision for penalty to the owners for operating illegal dance bars. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had chaired and approved the draft on March 29. (Also Read: High Court adjourns PIL seeking action against Hema Malini till Apr 21) Also Read - Karnataka Lockdown Update: Covid-19 Surveillance Guidelines Extended Till August 16, More Curbs Announced | Full Guidelines
If the new bill is tabled and cleared the cabinet, there will be regulations to operate those. Such bars won’t be allowed to operate within one kilometre of any educational institutions and the dancers won’t be ‘skimpily’ dressed and shouldn’t indulge in ‘vulgar’ dance. Also Read - Centre Urges States to Impose Lockdown-like Restrictions in Districts Reporting Positivity Rate Above 10%
The new bill will ask the bar owners to have CCTV cameras installed at the entrance and the floors and owners will have to save recordings of the last 30 days. The bar owners will have to pay a fine of Rs 10 lakh or imprisonment of three years if any of the dancers is ‘exploited’.
The Supreme Court’s order to lift ban on dance bars months ago prompted the Maharashtra chief minister to constitute a 25-member panel to discuss the issue and come up with suggestions. Following which the draft has been prepared and is expected to be tabled on Tuesday.