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Supreme Court allows dance bars in Maharashtra to reopen

January 18, 2019

The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered for the reopening of dance bars in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra. The top court relaxed the stringent conditions that were imposed by the Maharashtra government for getting licenses to run dance bars across the state.

What is not allowed is the showering of money by customers. The SC has said that performers can be tipped. The court said that it is unreasonable to ban dance bars one km away from religious places.

This has come as a huge setback for the state government that banned and imposed strict laws on dance bars. However, the decision found support from many.

Welcome #SupremeCourt judgment of allowing #DanceBars in #Mumbai. Everyone has right to earn respectable income. Govt should control excess- Amar Jha

The SC has put forward some guidelines before dance bars are opened. One, there should be an written contract between owners and performers and no requirement for a monthly salary for the performers. The court also stated that CCTV cameras need not be installed inside the dance bars because it clearly violates the privacy of the customers.

The Maharashtra government stopped giving licenses to dance bars since the year 2005. This new move was welcomed across the state.

"#SupremeCourt upholds condition like there has to be a contract between bar dancers and their employers but sets aside provision ensuring for monthly salary. It also approves timing of 6 pm to 11.30 for #DanceBars in #Mumbai", tweeted Ashish Tripathi.

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