The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed dance bars in Maharashtra to reopen, eight years after they were shut down by the state government
The court upheld an earlier Bombay High Court order that allowed dance bar owners to reapply for licences.
“It is about the fundamental right to earn a living and if someone knows only dancing, they should be able to exercise the right to earn a living through that,” Flavia Agnes, a lawyer who had earlier represented the bar dancer commented.
“We are very happy with the Supreme Court’s decision,” she said.
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The dance bars, operating mostly in cities and towns, employed an estimated 75,000 women to entertain customers. They danced to popular Bollywood numbers and accepted money from clients who showered them with rupee notes.
Women activists and lawyers representing dancers were among those who said the government’s stand is sexist and prohibits women from earning a living without providing them with any other employment opportunities.
Comments : It’s ironic that they passed such a judgement . In the year 2005, they ordered dance bars to be closed as it was considered as a tool for prostitution and today they order for it to re-open in the name of employment! Is this the new strategy to raise the Indian economy since investments are low and money is being pulled out of the nation? Isn’t the government able to come up with any other alternative jobs for women?
Above all the “women’s right activists” are happy about this decision as 75,000+ women would be re-employed. Has the value and respect for women in our society gone down so much that even women’s rights activists encourage such decisions? Are we going to accept this “change” ? Few months back, when a lady was brutally raped there was a huge out burst . Now the court rules to legalize dance bars where drunkards who wouldn’t be in their senses would be throwing money at them and molesting them “Legally“!
Article source : reuters.com