After 7 years of ban dance bars in Maharashtra all set to run

Supreme Court stayed with the Bombay High Court’s verdict to repress the State Government’s order to close the dance bars, 7 years after they were banned dance bars can again run in Maharashtra.  In 2005 the Maharashtra Government brought in an amendment in the Bombay Police Act which was challenged in the High Court by an association representing restaurants and bars.

The High Court in 2006 had repressed the Government’s decision. The State Government had moved to the apex court against the High Court’s order the same year. The Supreme Court while accepting the Government’s plea had stayed with the High Court’s verdict.

As per the Government there were only 345 licensed dance bars and about 2,500 unlicensed bars were doing business in the State. As many as 72% of the bar girls being married and 68% being the sole bread earners of their family, the State Government’s order had rendered them jobless and thus High Court struck down it as illogical and unconstitutional.