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Chandigarh set to ban short skirts in discotheques

The Chandigarh administration appears to be sweating over rising hemlines at city discotheques, ruling that “scantily dressed women” or any “indecency” could shut them down.

In its policy ‘Controlling of Places of Public Amusement, 2016’, which many have termed absurd and ridiculous, the administration has made all provisions for throttling the city’s nightlife in the name of regulation, citing indecency and sedition as top reasons. Bureaucrats seem to find the city bars and discotheques a breeding ground for anti-national elements too.

The policy that came into effect on April 1 has not only curtailed the bar timings by two hours from 2am to 12 midnight, it also gives unprecedented powers to babus over bar owners and makes running of discotheques an uphill task.

According to the policy, a nodal committee with deputy commissioner as chairman and municipal corporation (MC) commissioner, Chandigarh police SSP, director, health services and excise and taxation commissioner as members, have the power to refuse renewal of permission for business operation.

Referring to the running of bars and discotheques, the policy states the permission can be denied by the committee in case of “exhibition or advertisement of scantily dressed women” and “indecency” or if it is “seditious and likely to excite political discontent.”
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