No dancing girls at fairs in state
Performances by ‘dancing girls’ or ‘bar girls’ – used often to hook the crowd -- will no longer be allowed at fairs in the state.
“Sanctity of pilgrimages and fairs should be maintained. Obscene dance by so called ‘bar girls’ on the pretext of ‘entertainment’ would not be allowed at fairs” said the chairman of newly-formed Teerth Evam Mela Vikas Pradhikaran (Pilgrimage and Fair Development Authority) Meghraj Jain, while talking to HT on Wednesday, after taking charge of the body.
State culture minister Laxmikant Sharma endorsed Jain, saying: “Vulgarity in any form would not be tolerated -- be it a social gathering or a religious one.” Dancing girls are often called upon to perform at fairs and social gatherings across the state. Many of them are former ‘bar girls’ who had to shift out of Mumbai after dance bars were banned in 2005.
On the aims of the new fairs monitoring body, Jain said: “We do not intend to interfere or exercise control over existing fair organizers, we would only facilitate them.” He added that income generated from fairs would be regulated and used in a better manner in providing basic amenities for the visitors.