In a big blow to Maharashtra government, Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed dance bars, which were granted license and with proper CCTVs, to remain open without implementing new law enacted by the state.
Maharashtra dance bar issue: SC says the three dance bars with proper CCTVs can continue their daily activities. Next hearing on Nov 24.
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Earlier, the Maharashtra government has defended in the Supreme Court its new law on dance bars, saying that the state “desires to regulate the dance performance in bar so as to protect the dignity of women performing dance in the bar rooms”.
In its affidavit on Friday, the state government said that the Maharashtra Prohibition of Obscene Dance in Hotels, Restaurants and Bar Rooms and Protection of Dignity of Women (working therein) Act, 2016 did not need to define an “obscene” performance since “an ordinary prudent man can certainly tell that which dance is designed only to arouse the prurient interest of the audience”.