SC quashes provisions of Maharashtra law on dance bars


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday has set aside certain provisions of Maharashtra law imposing restrictions on functioning of dance bars.

According to reports a bench headed by Justice A K Sikri quashed 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.

The existing Act has asked the bar owners to follow mandatory installation of CCTVs and a partition between bar rooms and the dance floor.

The apex court, has however, upheld some provisions enshrined in the existing law.

It has allowed the payment of tips to performers but made it clear that lavish display of wealth by  showering of currency notes cannot be allowed.

The Supreme Court has also quashed the provision that dance bars of the state must be located one kilometer away from religious places and educational institutions.

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