Tight slap by SC on Maharashtra govt’s new bill against Dance bars
The petition against Dance bars as, Its causing a threat to culture , Supreme court came out with a bold statement. SC said that ”better to dance than to go to streets for begging or earning livelihood through unacceptable means.”
Mindset cannot be to prohibit…we are treating it as a performance of art,” a bench presided by Justice Deepak Misra observed and added that “We cannot decide on subjective morality, obscenity is however defined.”
“Four dancers can perform on the stage at one time but there can be other artistes at other places inside the premises,” the court said in its order.
Permitting a green room for the artistes, the court made it clear that no concealed cavity or a room would be created. “We so direct. Be it clarified, green room means green room in the manner in which it is understood in the classical sense,” the court said in its order.
Earlier, the condition concerning the verification of the “character and antecedents” said that “the licensee shall ensure that the character and antecedents of all employees is verified by the police”.
This was modified to say that the “criminal antecedents” of all the employees would be verified by police.
The petitioner IHRA told the court on February 24 that six of the conditions being imposed for the grant of licence were “impermissible under the constitutional framework”.
Besides, it had sought the modification of the condition providing for the police verification of the “character and antecedents” of the hotel employees.
On February 24, the court asked the Maharashtra government to submit its response to the objections to these conditions.
In the course of the last hearing on February 24, the petitioner IHRA told court that of 157 applications for the issuance of dance bar licence, the competent authorities have entertained 101 applications but they have been saddled with the conditions some of which are “absolutely impermissible under the constitutional framework”