Giving a big relief to dance bar owners in Mumbai city, the Supreme Court today quashed conditions imposed by the Maharashtra state government, which required the bar owners to install CCTV in dance bars. The court states that it was a violation of their privacy.
A bench headed by Justice A K Sikri quashed certain provisions of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Obscene Dance in Hotels, Restaurants and Bar Rooms and Protection of Dignity of Women (Working therein) Act, 2016. The top court said that there cannot be total prohibition on dance bars by imposing stringent and unreasonable conditoins to get licence for dance bar.
The court said that since 2005 not a single dance bar has been registered and it felt that the licensing conditions imposed by the state under Maharashtra Prohibition of Obscene Dance in Hotels, Restaurants and Bar Rooms and Protection of Dignity of Women (Working therein) Act, 2016 should not be such that there is total prohibition.
Other conditions struck down by court include the requirement that dance bar be situated 1 km away from religious places and schools. The court said this condition cannot be reasonable in a place like Mumbai.
Further, restrictions on serving of alcohol and partition separating bar room was also struck down by court. The only conditions upheld by court are are timing of bar from 6 pm to 11.30 pm, written contract for the dance bar performers, definition of obscenity and no showering of currency on performers but only tip be given.