Maharashtra Cabinet Approves New Law to Ban Dance Bars

MUMBAI (TIP): A year after the Supreme Court cancelled a ban on dance bars in Mumbai, the Maharashtra government wants to re-introduce a ban on dance bars in the state’s capital. The Maharashtra cabinet has reportedly approved a new law to impose the ban in the country’s financial capital and other parts of the state.

In July last year, the Supreme Court allowed hundreds of premises which employ women to dance and entertain customers to reopen. Sources say the proposal cleared by the cabinet asks for a ban on dance bars in three and five-star hotels. In 2005, the Mumbai Police had banned dance performances in Maharashtra in bars but cleared them for “elite establishments” and hotels that were of three-star standard or higher.

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