Supreme Court Allows Operation of Dance Bars in Maharashtra

Supreme Court Allows Operation of Dance Bars in Maharashtra

The Supreme Court upheld Maharashtra’s law governing dance bars in the state, while striking down some provisions of the legislation.

The apex Court’s verdict came in response to a batch of petitions instituted by “Bharatiya Bargirls Union” against Maharashtra Prohibition of Obscene Dance in Hotels, Restaurants and Bar Rooms and Protection of Dignity of Women (working therein) Act, 2016 on the ground that the same is violative of their right to earn a livelihood.

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The Act which came into effect in April, 2016 prohibits obscene dance in hotels, restaurants, bar rooms and other establishments in the State of Maharashtra. Reportedly, the Supreme Court has also relaxed the strict conditions for obtaining a bar license in Maharashtra.

This judgment was rendered by a Bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan after the Court had reserved its verdict in the case on August 31, 2018.