Mumbai

34 bar girls rescued in Mulund

14 employees, 13 customers arrested; bar flouted rules of new law on dance bars

The police on Thursday night raided Chanchal Bar in Mulund and rescued 34 bar girls. The bar allegedly violated provisions of the Maharashtra Prevention of Obscene Dance in Hotels, Bar Rooms and Protection of the Dignity of Women Act, 2016.

The law states that there must be no ‘obscene’ dancing, no customer can be served alcohol inside the bar, the customer cannot shower money on the dancer, and a three-feet-high railing has to separate the dancing area from the seating area.

Police officials said a special squad under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone VII) Sachin Patil conducted the raid following a tip-off.

Mr. Patil said, “We received information that the bar was flouting the rules laid down in the Act. We conducted the raid to verify the information. One of our informants posed as a customer at the bar and saw a few girls dancing and others interacting with customers. All activities were recorded on video, after which we conducted the raid.”

The police team raided the bar at 9.45 p.m. and took into custody all the bar girls, waiters, customers and the manager. They were then taken to Mulund police station for further inquiries.

Sent to shelter homes

The police arrested 14 employees and 13 customers and charged them under provisions of the 2016 Act. The bar girls were sent to shelter homes.

Mr Patil added, “As per law, there is no limit to the number of bar girls who can be present in a bar till 9.30 p.m. However, only four are allowed to remain in the bar between 9.30 p.m. and closing time. At no time is a bar girl allowed to dance or mix with the customers. All these rules were flouted in the bar.”

The police are conducting inquiries to find out for how long the bar had been flouting the rules. A report on the police’s investigations will be sent to the Licensing Department of the Mumbai Police. Based on the report, a call will be taken on whether the bar’s licence has to be cancelled.

Female officers will conduct inquiries with the bar girls to find out whether they were forced into the job or middlemen lured them to Mumbai with false promises.

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