The apex court has decided the fortune of the thousands of entertainers in Maharashtra. Reports say that the Supreme Court on Thursday passed a verdict according to which there will be no prohibition on the Obscene Dance in Hotels, Restaurants and Bar Rooms and Protection of Dignity of Women (Working therein) Act in Maharashtra.
“There cannot be a total prohibition on dance bars. Maharashtra has granted no license since 2005. There may be regulations, but that should not amount to a total prohibition,” SC said in its verdict.
The Maharashtra government was following the strict conditions as per which every dance bar in the state should have a license to run it, but the apex court in its verdict yesterday has removed all such conditions and have relaxed and upheld the time of five and a half hours for dance performances.
Such a verdict from Supreme Court will make opening new dance bars in Maharashtra a bit easier. Sources say that the court has also removed the strict conditions as per which owners must hold licenses to run dance bars. Though the Supreme Court has banned the procedure of showering money on the performers, the customers are still allowed to give tips to the performers. Performers can perform only inside the bar area and discotheque, sources added.
Reports say that the Supreme Court has also out ruled the policy of putting CCTV Cameras in Mumbai dance bars which were earlier imposed by the Maharashtra government.
Following the Maharashtra government imposed regulations with Prohibition of Obscene Dance in Hotels, Restaurants and Bar Rooms and Protection of Dignity of Women (Working therein) Act prohibited women to dance in commercial establishments, the owners of the bars, hotel, and restaurant made an appeal to the Supreme Court against the Act. There have been reports that the Maharashtra government imposed as many as 20 restrictions which forced the shutdown of dance bars in Mumbai.