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SC asks Maha govt to license dance bars in two weeks


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Maharashtra government to deliberate and select applications for authorising hoteliers to have dance performances in beer bars.

The Supreme Court bench consisting of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C. Pant, gave the two weeks’ time limit. The bench was informed that the Maharashtra government had not enforced its October 15 order both verbally as well as in document.

The law banning dance bars – an amendment in the Maharashtra Police Act – had been passed unanimously without a debate in June 2014. Earlier in 2013, the top court had quashed a similar law banning dance performances.

The court also mentioned that it will make sure that there would be no obscenity during the dance performances.

The law banning dance bars was amended and passed under the Maharashtra Police Act – unanimously without any disputes in June 2014.

The apex court had pointed out that the provision was taken back in the Maharashtra Police Act in 2014.

The previous amendment of 2014 was challenged by restaurant owners, arguing that the state was preventing the intention of the court by not implementing their recent orders. The Supreme Court agreed, noting that even though it had set aside a parallel provision, the law had been revived in a new manner.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devandra Fadnavis tweeted on Thursday, that the government would search all legal choices including legislative mediation as they are essentially against reopening of the dance bars in the state.

Over 1500 bars throughout the state had provided work to more than 75,000 women dancers before the state government first enforced the ban in 2005. The Bombay High Court had on April 12, 2006, refused to the government’s choice and stated the provision unconstitutional, mentioning that it was contradictory to Article 19(1)(g) (to practice any profession or to carry on any occupation, trade or business) of the Constitution.

Maharashtra Government had then advanced to the Supreme Court in contradiction of the high court’s verdict.

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Supreme Court unhappy with Maha Govt for not reopening dance bars

Source: Huffington Post

New Delhi: Supreme Court was miffed with Maharashtra Government that even after its order on 15th October, the government has not allowed almost 800 dance bars to reopen.

Harish Salve representing the Maharashtra Government said that the bars drew a lot of youth drinking heavily and watching dance and it was completely unacceptable to us.

He also said that it could lead to increase in crime and youth getting misdirected, wasting the money.

Justice Dipak Mishra, however, said that everyone is free to carry out any profession they want as long as it is performed within acceptable parameters.

While, Maharashtra Government has a justified reason to worry about the bar’s impacts on society and youth, but they can’t moral police anyone and neither, they can afford to have more opposition on the ban after the beef controversy.

The dance bars have been a matter of debates in Maharashtra despite different governments. Restaurant owners have been against this order and they took the government to the court.

Mumbai being the hub of the Bollywood has had the cinema like bars where dancers copy the silver screen moves.

It has been perceived as a wrong influence on youth and a threat to Indian culture. While, a number of people get wrong influence and addictions because of it, but it can’t be denied that it depends on a person and his will.

Many women who have this as a profession, have no other option and simply closing all the dance bars will mean hurting their source of income which might lead to worse case scenarios.

The Government, if they want these dance bars to be closed at all conditions then they will have to find a solution and a way of life for all the people involved first. By making this move, it becomes government’s responsibility to provide an alternative for them.

In  India, usually it is understood that best way to solve a problem is making its root disappear. Example- when Uber rape case happened, a lot of people asked for a complete ban on all cabs. Surely there is a better way to counter this and closing all the dance bars won’t mean that youth of Maharashtra will have no other options for wrong influence.