Mumbai Dance Bars: Police Issue Two New Licenses As Per The Amended Guidelines

13/05/2016 9:12 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Indian bar girls perform at a dance bar in Bombay May 5, 2005. The government of the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Wednesday endorsed the decree seeking to ban dance bars in the state. There are more than 600 dance bars in Bombay itself and the closure of cabarets is likely to render jobless more than 150,000 people across the state including dancers, waiters, bouncers and security guards. Most bars in the state employ girls, who dress in colourful costumes and dance to Bollywood songs, as customers shower them with currency bills. According to bar girl's union, the majority of the 75,000 girls working in bars will be forced into the "flesh trade" due to the closure. Picture taken on May 5, 2005. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe AD/LD

MUMBAI -- Mumbai Police yesterday issued licence to two dance bars as the per the new guidelines laid down by the Maharashtra government.

Licences were issued to Raj Naik of Sai Prasad Bar at Andheri and Bharat Thakur of Indiyana Bar at Tardeo, a senior official told PTI.

The Supreme Court had on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra government to grant licences to eight dance bars within two days and asked the owners to give an undertaking that they would not engage employees with criminal antecedents near the dance area.

Of the eight dance bars, two owners were out of town. The remaining six dance bar owners had to reach Mumbai Police Headquarters, pay fee of Rs 2 lakh and obtain licenses, police said.

Of these, four bar owners could not reach the headquarters on time and they will be given licences today, the officer said.

According to the new conditions, dance bars must be at least a kilometre from any education or religious institution, their timings restricted between 6 PM and 11:30 PM, and liquor not to be served in the performance area.

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