New Maha Bill Sets Tough Con­di­tions for Dance Bars

Bar own­ers who vi­o­late sec­tions of the Act would be pun­ished with im­pris­on­ment & fine

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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