New dance bar bill by Maharashtra government approved with restrictions

| Monday, April 11, 2016 - 16:26
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New bill to ban dance bars in Maharashtra

Mumbai: In a massive development, the Maharashtra Cabinet on Monday approved the dance bar bill with certain checks that would restrict dance bars to function fully. 
The restrictions include not allowing these establishments to function inside residential buildings, maintaining a minimum distance of at least one kilometer from schools and places of worship, prohibiting alcohol in bar rooms, and placing a check on vulgarity.
This has been done by the Fadnavis cabinet after the previous bill was quashed by the Supreme Court. 
The bill however strictly prohibits vulgarity and it clearly mentions that the dance moves should not be sexually suggestive and half-clothed women could be considered obscene. The government, in the bill, has tried to put a check on the dress the dancers wear and the dance moves they perform.
Earlier this year, the Maharashtra government had also issued certain guidelines for dance bar owners to issue identity cards and arrange for pick and drop for the dance bar workers.
The government had previously issued an order which imposed a fine of Rs. 50000 and jail if the dance performers were touched by anybody in the audience.

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