‘Humein bhi jeene do (Let us live too)’, cries out the cover photo of a Facebook page, touted as the official page of Bar Girls Association, a non-government organisation.
‘Welcome to dance bars,’ shouts another Facebook page, apparently administered by a net-savvy bar girl, to which a patron replied: ‘Aapki dance bar kaha hai?’ (Where is your dance bar?)
Support is pouring in from all over for the out-of-business bar girls who have been dancing with joy after the Supreme Court recently lifted the ban on dance bars in Maharashtra.
Now their celebrations have spread to the online community through several FB pages dedicated to dance bars in Mumbai.
The Bar Girls Association has documented and uploaded various important news related to the ban. Its profile statement says that the ban was enforced but no proper rehabilitation programme was initiated for nightclub dancers. “Subsequently, many migrated to Dubai,” it says.
Many FB members have criticised the government for undue moral policing on elite pages such as ‘SoS: Mumbai’s Nightlife’ on the social networking site.
One of the pages, http://www.facebook.com/mumbaidancebar, has a girl congratulating bar dancers. But another supporter expresses his concern by asking them: “Guys, do you think dance bars will function like it did in the past … Night Lover, Spice Garden and Baywatch… will they be functional as they used to?”
Another supporter has welcomed the court verdict by saying that the ruling would open up job opportunities to many women and girls.
Cops raid bar, brothel
Mumbai: Continuing their drive against obscenity and prostitution in the city, the social service branch of Mumbai police raided a bar and a brothel during the week.
In the first incident, the police conducted a raid on hotel Sai Pooja bar and restaurant at PL Lokhande Marg in Chembur and arrested 20 people, including a manager, a cashier, six waiters, eight bar girls and four customers. The raid was conducted at 12.30am on Friday.
The police said that the women were engaged in obscene acts with the customers in the bar.
The women were allowed to leave under section 46 (a woman cannot be arrested after sunset or before sunrise, except in exceptional circumstances) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) while the other accused were arrested under section 294 (obscenity) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
“The women were given instructions to report to Tilak Nagar police station,” said a police officer.
In another case, a brothel was raided around 7.55pm on Wednesday at Sunil Shopping Center on JP Road near Navrang cinema in Andheri, in which a woman was arrested , while four other women were rescued. Around Rs16,700 cash was also seized. The police have registered a case under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA).