The Supreme Court on Monday said that it is better to dance than to beg or earn through unacceptable source while hearing a plea on dance bars in Mumbai. SC has pulled up the Maharashtra government for not granting licence to dance bars.
Also, SC pulls up Maha Government for framing rules that prohibit opening of dance bars within a distance of 1 km from educational Institutions.
Supreme Court says that this condition amounts to prohibition. Maharashtra Government told SC: ‘the rule will be revised’ and ‘dance is profession, if it is obscene then it loses its legal sanctity, govt regulatory measures can’t be prohibitory.’
Earlier last month, the Supreme Court cleared the decks for the issuance of dance bar licences to hotels and restaurants in Mumbai as it modified the conditions for the permit and excluded installation of CCTV from restaurants and dance performance place.
Giving three days’ time to the owners of the hotels and restaurants to comply with the modified conditions, the apex court bench, comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh, said competent authorities would issue licences in 10 days and thereafter.
The court order came after the Maharashtra government watered down some of the conditions for the grant of dance bar licences.