New Maha Bill Sets Tough Conditions for Dance Bars
Bar owners who violate sections of the Act would be punished with imprisonment & fine
Mumbai: With an intent to ensure that dance bars remain shut, the Maharashtra gover nment on Monday introduced the Maharashtra Prohibition of Obs c e n e Dance i n Hot e l s , Restaurants and Bar Rooms and Protection of Dignity of Women (working therein) Act, 2016, in the Legislative Council and had it cleared by a unanimous vote.
The bill would pour cold water on the dance bar owners who won a reprieve from the Supreme Court which quashed the Maharashtra government’s decade-old move to ban dance bars.
The bill says that the owner or proprietor or manager of a bar will not allow any obscene dance or exploit any working woman for any immoral purpose in any place. Those foundinvolvedinsuchactswouldbe punished after conviction with a prison term of three years or a fine which may extend to ₹ 10 lakh. If the offender is caught again, then they would be levied a fine of ₹ 25,000 every day. The offences have been made cognizable and non-bailable. The customers, who shower money at the girls dancing in the bars, could be punished with a term of six months or a fine of ₹ 50,000 or both. Here again the offence would be madenon-bailable.Barowners,who violate sections of the Act, would be punished with imprisonment of five years or pay a fine of ₹ 25 lakh or would have to pay both. There will also be a grievance Redressal committee to ensure healthy working conditions for the women.