State government faced flak from the Bombay High Court on Monday for failing to frame the guidelines on the extension of work-deadlines for women artistes in orchestras in restaurants and bars in the state. The state has been asked to frame the guidelines by March 2.
The court was hearing ten petitions field by Thane-based restaurants and bars alleging that the police was harassing women artistes of their orchestra for the 9.30 pm deadline for female employees.
A division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar also questioned the government for its discriminatory treatment for women artistes in Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra.
The government has allowed four women artistes to perform in an orchestra in Mumbai whereas it has restricted the number of women artistes in the state to two.
Rapping the government for its failure to frame the guidelines, Justice Desai asked: “Why have you still not framed the rules? And what is the logic behind allowing four artistes in Mumbai and only two in other parts of the state?”
The court also observed that there was no discrimination in licence conditions for the number of women performers in restaurants and bars.
“What pass time is being done on your part? You are not framing rules and just passing arbitrary orders. This cannot be tolerated,” said Justice Desai.
Public prosecutor P.A. Pol said that the authorities had powers under the Bombay Police Act to restrict the number of performers. Pol added that the state was in the process of framing rules, which would take time. The hearing has been scheduled for March 2.