The state government may implement recommendations of a sub-committee appointed three years ago to impose several restrictions on dance bars.
Apart from making it mandatory to install close circuit television (CCTV) cameras inside the bars and barricading the dance floor, it will also restrict the number of women (dancers) working in the bar.
A day after the Supreme Court directed the state government to initiate the licencing process of the bar owners who have applied for permissions, the state home department is contemplating strictest conditions possible.
The officials claimed that bar owners and customers cannot expect the dance bars to reopen in their former avatars [before the 2005 ban].
“According to SC’s directives, the pending applications will be examined. Various permissions, including that by the police, civic and fire brigade authorities, will be required before the dance bars can be reopened. The permissions will be issued making all the necessary checks,” said
Vijay Satbir Singh, principal secretary, state home department.
Giving details about the committee’s recommendations, a home department official said, “We are planning on making the installation of the CCTV cameras in dance bars compulsory. Owners will be asked to preserve the footage for a specified period and produce it to the police, if demanded. This will help restrict illegal activities,” he said.
The officer added that the cameras will be used to ascertain if the women working in the bars are not ‘used for illegal activities’. “The performance area will be barricaded,” he said.
The home department has also decided to make it compulsory for the dance
bars to disclose the names and the number of women they employ.
Meanwhile, the state government has decided to consult legal experts before submitting a fresh affidavit in the SC.
“We have not received the official copy of the court order. Some fresh elements have come up and we will incorporate them to push our stand on not lifting the ban,” said a senior government official.
“We maintain our ground as the ban was imposed after the reports of youngsters such as selling their ancestral property and splurging money at dance bars and exploitation of women. The fresh affidavit will be submitted soon,” the official added.