No new discotheques in City for time being

No new discotheques in City for time being

The State government on Friday ruled out giving licenses to new discotheques and bars where women serve until it comes out with fresh guidelines to ensure that no illegal activities take place on their premises.

The government has also put on hold any decision on a demand of representatives of hotels and bar owners that bars and hotels be allowed to function till 1 am.

Speaking at a consultation meeting of stakeholders of the discotheques and bars which employ women to serve liquor, hoteliers and owners of video parlours, Home Minister K J George said the government was not averse to a “vibrant night life” in Bangalore within the purview of the law. However, there have been complaints of immoral activities and obscene incidents at discotheques and bars where women serve, prompting the government to crack down on such establishments.

Once the new guidelines are in place, the jurisdictional station house officers (SHOs) and senior officers would be entrusted with the task of monitoring the establishments. The SHOs will be held responsible for any lapses, he said.

The home minister said there was no question of reviving dance bars. “The ban on dance bars stays,” he said, adding that the establishments should stop paying “hafta” to police.
On the demand that bars and hotels be allowed to function till 1 am, the home minister said he would consult the chief minister and the excise minister and come out with a final decision.

The present rule permits bars and restaurants to function till 11 pm and bars in three and five-star hotels till midnight.

The representatives said extending the timings would help those who work till late and take late night flights among others.

Participating in the interaction, Karnataka Lady Service Bar Association president T C Gopalkrishna said all members have installed CCTV cameras on their premises.

Dress code was being strictly followed and they were open to inspection by any enforcement agency.

Meera, who serves liquor in a bar, said she earns a salary of Rs 8,000 per month. “It is our only source of income. We have to support our families with our salaries. If the bars are shut, we have nowhere to go,” she said, adding that no illegalities have ever taken place at her workplace.

A representative of a non-governmental organisation said human trafficking was on the rise and the government should take steps to curb the menace.

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