Mumbai: The trouble with laws that seek to stamp out any form of expression - from dancing, to music to partying - is that they tend to drive those practices underground - as the Mumbai example shows.
It's a typical Mumbai Police crackdown on illegal dance bars. The bar girls will be booked for soliciting customers at one such bar.
"Nine girls have been arrested for soliciting customers," said Inspector, Special Service Branch, R B Mane.
The ban has just driven the business underground. Many dance bars now feature live orchestras and women waiters to entertain customers. Legally allowed only up to 9:30 pm, several bars generally close around 1:30 am -provided the police get their cut.
"This is legal extortion," claimed president, Dance Bars Association, Manjeet Singh Sethi.
Made famous by the film Chandni Bar, many dancers found themselves out of work after the ban, and ha
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