Maharashtra: SC modifies law imposing restrictions on dance bars

Published: Jan 17, 2019, 11:20 am IST

(UNI) The Supreme Court on Thursday nixed some provisions of law imposing restrictions on the licensing and functioning of dance bars in Maharashtra, paving the way for their reopening.

A bench, headed by Justice A K Sikri, relaxed stringent conditions imposed by the state government for obtaining licenses for dance bars.

The bench revoked 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 like the mandatory installation of CCTVs, saying there was no need for surveillance inside dance bars as it violates privacy.