Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said dance bars in Maharashtra will continue to operate under the old terms and conditions that permitted serving of liquor with CCTV cameras at the entrance. Sc also permitted three dance bars to operate under the old rules.
A few days ago, the Maharashtra government had established a law – Maharashtra Prohibition of Obscene Dance in Hotels, Restaurants and Bar Rooms and Protection of Dignity of Women Act, 2016.
The new law imposes various conditions including putting the bar under CCTV surveillance in dance bar owners. It allows a bar room where dance performances would take place to be opened for public only between 6 PM and 11.30 PM. No person is allowed to throw or shower coins, currency notes or any other thing which can be monetised on the stage.
A petition was filed by the Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association and others against the order. In May, the apex court gave licences to eight dance bars asked the state government to issue licences to eight dance bars following which many stakeholders claimed that this is yet another attempt to make it harder for such bars to obtain these licences.