SC pulls up MH for new law on dance bars

  1. Context: Dance bar prohibition issue in Maharashtra
  2. New law: Maharashtra Prohibition of Obscene Dance in Hotels and Bar Rooms and Protection of Dignity of Women (working therein) Act, 2016
  3. It has a rather explicit definition of what is obscene in dance
  4. SC: Questioned the need to define obscenity when the court had expressly forbidden it in dance performances
  5. Defiance: Six months after the SC lifted the ban on dance bars, the Maharashtra government is yet to implement the order
  6. SC demanded whether this law was just a ruse to circumvent the October 2015 order, which ushered dance back into beer parlours and restaurants, especially in Mumbai

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