The year was 2005 and the month August – the same month which is considered as an epitome of freedom, liberty and independence in India. However, in the state of Maharashtra for almost 150,000 folks including 75,000 dance bar girls, it was not a month of celebration but the onset of black days that were in the making. The dark clouds were showering on them because the very people –Minister sahabs, bureaucrats, MLAs, the local corporators along with their chamchas who once swayed to their moves, praised them for their dhinchak dance and showered notes on them had suddenly become hostile blaming them for obscenity and spoiling the public morality.
These minister logs were the same people who meantime where busy in corruption and treating Actresses/ Item girls in Bollywood with respect and even paying them Rs. 2 crore for their same 2 minute jig. While, they had no obstructions of Kareenas, Malaikas, Mallikas wearing skimpy, provocative clothes and performing on screen as well as off screen on various shows and earning millions by the similar jhataks and matkas, they strongly opposed the existence of “Dance Bar.”
Why?Oh, because our so called netas soonwere concerned about these dancers destroying the public morality. In the process, certain section of these ministers even forgot that they were the once who actually encouraged the trade of dance bars. Surprisingly, the same set of Minister and babus who hired these dancers for their own private parties and even utilized some these bars for their own purposes, all of a sudden to our surprise started appearing like sadhus talking about wiping this dirty business that was spoiling the state’s youth and even married lives. They even forgot that some of these female were their own mistresses and even belonged to them as their “keeps.”
Whatever be their personal gain in banning the entire dance bar – Fame or fixing their political rivalry, one thing was clear that if the ban is forced on the dance bars around 75,000 women would become jobless overnight. Therefore, deprived of the daily income to feed their family! Now, since most of them are illiterate, the probability of getting a good job would be obviously difficult and they would turn to prostitution. If an aam aadmi like me can analyze so much, I am sure ministers with so much back up and information were aware of the consequences. Yet, the ban was imposed and nothing was done in order to rehabilitate these women. The rich and high profile bar dancers like the Tarannum s and Sweety’s fled to London, Dubai and Singapore, the mediocre one’s shifted their base to Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Chennai and the rest simply moved to Mumbai’s red light area.
For eight years, these ministers tried their best to tell us that the biggest problem in the state came from these girls who tried to earn their livelihood by dancing and not prostitution. If they were so worried about the public morality and protection of women, they should have restricted “something” that was going wrong and not entirely banning the business and even making the State deprive of Rs 3,000 crores in the form of revenue.
Sadly, what an aam Mubaikar should have done, the Supreme Court did. Yes, the top most judicial court of India has won the battle and lifted the ban declaring it as “lack of thinking” resulting many jobless women on the streets.
Kudos to those lovely ladies who had hopes of getting their right to livelihood. As far as the minister sahabs senses are concerned all I have to say is ….Daer aaye durust aaye
By: Deepti Verma