WHY BAR ONLY DANCE BARS- IT IS MORE A SOCIAL ISSUE THAN LEGAL
Discussion on means of livelihood and methods of earning this livelihood are as old as Universe. Ethical way of living and unethical way of living are divided by a thin line. While on one hand we say that we should be kinder to animals we feed small animals to wild animals in the zoo and enjoy the scenic beauty in the name of Tourism.
"Politics is the second oldest profession in the world and no less meaner than the first oldest profession." was a famous quote. We are not barring people from engaging in politics simply because we say more and more criminals are joining it. A convict on bail roams freely to canvass for his party and all civil society award winners including Magsaysay award winner (who says a thing in one way one time and says the same the other way another time) blesses him victory. Ethics do not apply. We do not bar such people to further damage body politic. And we had a Law Minister who faked Law degree,. we did not bar another one to take up the job.
There are no bars on any bars in the professional circles, even though unethical practices are existing everywhere. . All intend to provide service to clients, earn income/profits and all are despised as unprofessional and at times unethical in the eyes of commoner. But why should there be a bar on only Dance Bars? A progressive society does not impose restrictions on anything that does not cause public disorder or public nuisance. These bars are holding dance shows behind closed doors and unless they are situated in the midst of residential localities causing undue inconvenience post 10 PM when most citizens go to sleep, there is no point in stamping them as "amoral" and that the women dancing there were being forced into prostitution. Law should be able to take care of it. Now, these girls and ladies put up an argument that dancing was the only skill they had and if they were thrown out of the only livelihood they would be really forced into prostitution, that many might not be indulging as dancers. And, a state that can not control prostitution, has no legal or moral right to put a bar on dance bars. And, note, these girls or ladies are not happy to put up half nude shows. They too have self-respect. A society that can not provide the citizens with a respectable source of revenue to feed the harried families should allow some "indecency" in public life as long as it is not leading to total public disorder. And, if the previous governments have taken an alternate view either due the high level of corruption prevalent then or other reasons, this government should not take a moral high ground and stand on false prestige not to open the dance bars.Instead open them, monitor them better, punish guilty officials and bar owners, enforce a law whereby the owners of bars are arranging lift by transport vehicles to these ladies and drop them home safe at their abodes safely with proper security after the show. If any girl or lady exceeds her brief punish her. Let the whole community of skilled dancers be not on streets begging for alms or selling flesh to make a living.
If it is illegal to run Dance bars, the question arises, "Is the Legal profession being conducted most ethically that the commoner is very happy of having engaged a lawyer?" Let us consider the legal profession as example. For every case there are two sides. One is "Truth" and the other "Lie". So, if one lawyer is representing truth, the other one is certainly opposing it. He may be having evidence to prove his lie. But then, lie wins. If the "Truth" finds enough evidence truth wins. So, at any given point of time or in any given case all lawyers are not liars nor all lawyers are truthful. We are not barring any Lawyer to continue with his practice simply because he twisted a few facts, hidden a few truths or influenced the most leaned Judges with his forceful arguments. No mistaking me here. I am not comparing lawyers with any other profession. I am making a point that ethics and immorality are divided by a thin line. Then why bar only dance bars? What sin the unfortunate girls/ladies have committed?
This is one case point that lawyers can not be engaged by even God, as all go to hell. (Only in humor, the reference is given below)
An engineer dies and reports to the pearly gates. St. Peter checks his dossier and says, "Ah, you're an engineer -- you're in the wrong place." So the engineer reports to the gates of hell and is let in. Pretty soon, the engineer gets dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell, and starts designing and building improvements. After a while, they've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and the engineer is a pretty popular guy.
One day God calls Satan up on the telephone and says with a sneer, "So, how's it going down there in hell?" Satan replies, "Hey, things are going great. We've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and there's no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next."
God replies, "What??? You've got an engineer? That's a mistake -- he should never have gotten down there; send him up here." Satan says, "No way. I like having an engineer on the staff, and I'm keeping him."
God says, "Send him back up here or I'll sue." Satan laughs uproariously and answers, "Yeah, right. And just where are YOU going to get a lawyer?"
This is another, apparently, real story of a lawyer who tried to twist facts and landed himself in jail. (Again only in humor, reference given below)
Best Lawyer Story
Maybe the best lawyer story of the year, decade, and probably the century.
A Charlotte, North Carolina lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against fire, among other things. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the lawyer filed claim against the insurance company.
In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost in a series of small fires. The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.
The lawyer sued ... and WON! (Stay with me here.)
In delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer "held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable fire" and was obligated to pay the claim.
Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the rare cigars lost in the "fires."
NOW FOR THE BEST PART...
After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.
This is a true story and was the First Place winner in the recent Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.
But, can we call all lawyers as bad? No. It is not appropriate. Many good lawyers are reputable, sincere in their profession, argue cases on legal points only, highly ethical and professional. Or the legal system in the world would have collapsed long back.
Likewise, we have had and still we may be having quacks practicing as Medical Professionals. Many were caught after a few were killed. But we did not bar practice by doctors. We did not bar players from playing cricket or people viewing it since IPL was fixed, CWG games were manipulated etc., We did not bar CAs from practicing because a few encouraged tax evasion, helped money laundering or manipulated stock markets. By all these some people lost livelihood. Nation lost a lot.
Then, the question comes about obscenity. It depends on the eyes that see scenic beauty and obscenity. I am not supporting women being used as objects of pleasure. But when they have only one skill, dancing and professional dancing has no takers, without showing an alternate employment how can the state throw these women out of jobs? Porn web-sites were not banned by the Government. If society is really going out of civility, it is the first act. Child abuse happens mostly due the porn movies. But State has no power to block these sites.
So, too all dancing girls are not unethical, all do not go into flesh trade, there are many who lead respectable lives once it dawns in the East. Why should we punish all for the fault of few? It is not appropriate in a democracy. If we are saying they are being forced into prostitution, we are accepting a rigid fact that we are a "failed state".
There are Drink Bars. Most states depend on excise revenue only. So, every year the excise policy changes and more bars are opened. They are opened in residential localities. They are opened near temples. worshiping places, mosques, churches. Recently, while going to Secunderabad Railway Station I saw one such drinking joint on the Musheerabad road. It was a wine shop. But he provided drinking place by the side. As that place was filled, youth were sitting on Motor Cycles and drinking. Drinking and driving is prohibited. And police know these youth drive after drinking. Why are they not they booked on daily basis at a distance away from the shop? Why do we not bar such bar shops? Why do we not consider the damage being inflicted by these men and women who spend much of their earning on drinking? Is it an acceptable practice? Today only I saw a news item where the wife too walked into the bar with her husband and ordered a drink unable to bear his harassment. Did the civil society and government not take cognizance of this kind of ruined family? Yesterday only, wife of one GRP constable, who was addicted to drinking and removed from service, was arrested thieving. She admitted to taking up to thieving after they lost all means of livelihood. Many of the votaries of decency do not know a stark reality that many housewives force themselves into prostitution to feed the children born of their drunkard husbands. Is it not equally horrendous like the dancing girls, going into prostitution?
One more type of bars are Bars are Dance Bars. We need not discuss this further. In Kanyasulkam, the famous Telugu play, penned by Sri Gurajada Apparao (One of the returned Academy Awards can be given to him posthumously), Mathura Vani, the best dancing girl in the area says. "You are Brahmins. You enjoy our dances in your marriages during nights, throw money on us and despise us in public life once it dawns in the East and dawns on you that we are bad. Are you not as guilty as we are?" That sums up the whole gamut of the issue on hand.
My appeal to government is to solve social issues socially and legal issues legally, while dealing with criminality with iron hand. Depriving livelihood of a few ladies and making them stand in front of society as culprits is bad in culture and law too. Implement SC order in toto and let them live. Give them honor, if you can. Give them protection, if you can. Punish the guilty , if you can.
It is just co-incidence that after I wrote this blog but was yet to post it, I read this news item. I thought, "How strange that my arguments sounded good?"
So, I sincerely feel that the Government should not stand on prestige when it comes to the livelihood of few thousand women. If State feels it is still not advisable to open the bars, show them alternate means of respectable livelihood or pay them monthly compensation until they resettle by learning other skills. Remember Swamy Vivekananda who has said that the nation that respects women prospers. There are no good or bad women in his view.