25
Sunday
August 2019
7:17 AM IST
News Headlines
Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley passes away        I find nets claustrophobic, prefer centre wicket for match simulation: Kohli        Rahane's 81 only saving grace in India 203 for 6 on day 1        No more dessert names, Google to officially call new OS 'Android 10'        Sensex, Nifty rebound on hopes of FPI tax rollback        Despite tensions, Pak stands ready to open Kartarpur Corridor: Qureshi        Two Govt hospitals in Pak deny specialised ambulance facility to Sharif        UN, France raise concern over Amazon wildfires 'crisis'        INX Media: SC grants interim protection to Chidambaram in ED case; no relief in CBI matter        Always said demonising Modi wrong: Singhvi        Alert in Tamil Nadu after intel of Lashkar terrorists' intrusion        FM proposes measures to enhance fund flows for infra, housing projs        FATF Asia-Pacific Group puts Pakistan in terror 'blacklist': Officials        Vivek Oberoi to star in film on Balakot air strikes        It's better to get hit early and hard: Kohli on bouncers        Messi 'made me better player', says Ronaldo        Nirav Modi to appear via videolink for remand hearing in UK        Rupee slips 17 paise to 71.72 vs USD in early trade        US seeking balancing act in South Asia over Kashmir: Report        Pro-growth RBI minutes to cap yields; revives expectations for further policy easing        
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | Health   | About Deepika 
National News
Activists welcome SC verdict on dance bars; Maha govt cautious
 
(Mumbai, Jan 17,2019):Social activists welcomed the Supreme Court''s verdict which paves the way for reopening of dance bars in Maharashtra, while the state government said it will look out for ''untoward activities'' under the garb of dance bars. Stating that there can be "regulations" but not "total prohibition", the SC Thursday set aside some provisions of a 2016 law imposing restrictions on licensing and functioning of dance bars.

The Bharatiya Bar Girls'' union president Varsha Kale, who has been fighting for the cause of bar dancers, termed the apex court ruling as a great "victory". Kale said over 75,000 women were employed in dance bars when the state government decided to shut them down in 2005 for allegedly promoting obscenity. While over 40,000 women left the profession and took up other jobs for livelihood, around 35,000 were still working as waiters and singers in various hotels, she claimed.

Bureaucrat-turned-activist Abha Singh hailed the apex court''s order as "progressive", and said the state government can regulate dance bars but cannot prohibit them. Manjit Singh Sethi, who spearheaded the fight to reopen dance bars and had moved the Bombay High Court earlier, also welcomed the decision. Several bar dancers were forced to join flesh trade after the state government snatched their means of livelihood, said Sethi, former president of the Dance Bar Owners'' Association.

BJP leader Prem Shukla said the state government will consult legal experts on the SC''s order. The then Congress-NCP government took banned dance bars to safeguard social fabric, he said. The SC has quashed some provisions of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Obscene Dance in Hotels, Restaurants and Bar Rooms and Protection of Dignity of Women (Working therein) Act, 2016, like the mandatory installations of CCTV cameras in the dance bars, saying they violated privacy.

The apex court permitted the dance bars to be located a kilometre away from religious places and educational institutions. It allowed tips to performers but disallowed showering of currency on them. The government will check any "untoward activity" taking place under the garb of dance bars, state home minister Ranjit Patil. "We are committed to abide by the court''s verdict and respect it. Within the ambit of the decision, we will maintain vigilance so that no untoward activities happen under the garb of dance bars," Patil said.

The Supreme Court verdict evoked a mixed reaction from the legal fraternity with some hailing it and others calling it a setback for the state government. A section of lawyers welcomed the judgement and said the SC has drawn a balance between the rights of citizens and duty of the state to govern, while the others said the government''s law imposing restrictions on the licencing and functioning of dance bars should have been upheld in totality.

Senior lawyers opined the apex court has taken a balanced approach towards the issue and ensured the rights of both the government and citizens are not curtailed. The Congress and NCP attributed the SC order to the Devendra Fadnavis-led government''s "nexus" with bar owners. Terming the decision as unfortunate, the parties said the government deliberately presented a pusillanimous position on the issue before the court. The NCP said it would ensure the ban on dance bars returns after it regains power in the state, while the Congress asked the ruling BJP to explain how much election funds it received in this matter. The ban on dance bars in Maharashtra came into effect in 2005.

Then Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil of NCP had initiated the move to ban dance bars. A bill was introduced in the state legislature and was passed unanimously by both the Houses. The Maharashtra Police Act was amended by amending section 33(A)(1), to which the SC had termed claiming it to be against the fundamental rights of the girls working in them discriminatory. The SC struck the amendment down, in October 2015 and then in March 2016 and directed the government to allow the bars to reopen by containing obscenity.

About the objectives and reasons for introducing the bill, Patil, who then held the Home portfolio, had said, "The eating houses or permit rooms or beer bars to which licenses to hold dance performances have been granted, were permitting performances of dances in an indecent, obscene or vulgar manner." Patil, who died in 2015, had said the government felt that such performance in an indecent manner is derogatory to the dignity of women and harmful for public morality.


INX Media: SC grants interim protection to Chidambaram in ED case; no relief in CBI matter
Always said demonising Modi wrong: Singhvi
Alert in Tamil Nadu after intel of Lashkar terrorists' intrusion
FATF Asia-Pacific Group puts Pakistan in terror 'blacklist': Officials
Never met Peter or Indrani Mukherjea, says Karti Chidambaram, claims "political vendetta"
PM Modi begins three-nation trip, says engagements will strengthen India's relations with time-tested friends
No immediate plan to withdraw troops from J&K: Union Minister
HC gives Vadra four weeks to file rejoinder in plea to quash money laundering case
ED notice to MNS chief: Uddhav says doesn't expect concrete
Helicopter crashes in rain-hit Uttarkashi, three on board
No need for any debate on reservation: Paswan
Bengal's personalities write open letter to Mamata
Congress MLA Nirmala Gavit quits, may join Shiv Sena
Modi govt committed to development of northeast: Shah
Flood-like situation in parts of Punjab, Haryana, IAF rescues 9 people
Teachers report to schools in Kashmir, students don't
Yogi Adityanath to reshuffle UP cabinet on Monday
22 killed in rain-related incidents in HP
When night falls over the city, jawans on alert to keep Kashmir safe
Fire at AIIMS, 22 fire tenders rushed
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Vivek Oberoi to star in film on Balakot air strikes
 Mumbai: After portraying Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a biopic, Vivek Oberoi says he is set to pr  
Chris Pine to star in film about Richard Nixon lawyer John Dean
Amitabh Bachchan is my real life mentor: Chiranjeevi
It's challenging to reinvent constantly: Kriti Kharbanda
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Despite tensions, Pak stands ready to open Kartarpur Corridor: Qureshi
 Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday said that despite tensions with India, it stands ready to open the Kar
Two Govt hospitals in Pak deny specialised ambulance facility to Sharif
UN, France raise concern over Amazon wildfires 'crisis'
US seeking balancing act in South Asia over Kashmir: Report
KERALA NEWS
Malayalam actor, film crew stranded in Himachal village
 Thiruvananthapuram: A 30-member film crew from Kerala, including award-winning actress Manju Warrier
Ex-Deputy Commandant of AR camp held in connection with constable's death
"More flights to Kerala from Gulf countries during Onam"
Flood in Kerala: CM conducts aerial survey
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2019 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.