Speaking in the state Assembly today, Mr Patil reiterated his stand, saying dance bars will remain closed Maharashtra. He said the government is seeking legal opinion from the Attorney General on the matter.
Referring to the Supreme Court order, which based its judgement on the ground that the ban violates the constitutional right of the dancers to earn a living, Mr Patil said the Maharashtra government will amend the law that discriminates between dance bars and star-rated establishments.
Nearly 700 establishments across Maharashtra employed more than 75,000 women who performed Bollywood-style routines for cash in return, before the Mumbai Police in 2005 banned such performances in bars but allowed them in "elite establishments" and hotels that were of three-star standard or higher.
Women activists and lawyers representing the bar dancers have called the government's stand sexist.
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