Although the Supreme Court has cleared the way for re-opening of dance bars, Mumbai police plans to continue its action against illegal activities such as vulgarity and flesh trade that had allegedly flourished in the past.
According to sources in the Mumbai police, to be able to start dance bars in the city again, owners would have to apply for fresh licences with the commissioner of police.
They added that the state government, along with the police, is also likely to draft stringent rules to run these dance bars. Even if the government files a review petition, it may take at least another year before these bars are functional again.
Senior officials of the Mumbai police, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that if a fresh set of rules is formed, setting up of closed-circuit television cameras in bars could be one of the conditions imposed on owners.
In fact the social service branch (SSB), together with the local police, have already been taking action under section 294 of the Indian Penal Code (for obscene acts and songs) along with sections of the Bombay Police Act. In cases where flesh trade is carried out, the police also use the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (Pita).