State to file fresh plea in Supreme Court to keep dance bars shut
In a last-ditch attempt to keep the ban on dance bars in Maharashtra — the Supreme Court had lifted the ban in an interim order in October — the state government has said it will file a fresh affidavit in the top court, and highlight how reopening the bars will give rise to “social ills”.
The decision to file the fresh affidavit comes even as the state has started framing rules to govern how dance bars function, if the ban is fully lifted.
At the time of the October hearing, the state submitted an affidavit, in which it said the dance bars had a negative impact on the youth and the dignity of women working in the bars had been compromised.
The new affidavit, the state said, is likely to stress further on the need for the ban for “the good of society”. The state will file it in the next few weeks. The SC will next hear the case in February 2016.
“The Apex Court, in its order, has quoted provisions of the fun- damental rights of the women working in the bars, when it struck down the ban. The fresh affidavit will mention all schemes the government chalked out to rehabilitate these women after the ban was imposed about ten years ago,” said an officer from the home department. “We will also point out how the scheme had no takers from the jobless workers, as they used to make much more money in the bars.”
To bolster its case, the state said it will include examples from Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to show how the bars drew the youth to splurge all of their savings.
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