Dance Bars were shut down in Bombay. After that.....

City which never sleeps….

Bombay (Mumbai) apart from being the commercial hub of India has always been famous all over the world, for its glittering and shimmering night life; a city (of razzmatazz) which never sleeps! It has borne the brunt of many political upheavals including the media onslaught for being run by a parallel Government and even controversies like having connections with Middle East (Dubai). It has earned a reputation of being a place for rejuvenation for the business community and the corporate heads from India and the neighboring countries as well. This commercial capital of India could boast of thousands of dance bars, spread all over the city, providing a source of income for more than 75,000 girls from India, Bangladesh and Nepal until year 2006, when the existing Government launched a state wide campaign against these bars, on the grounds of ‘morality’; they viewed this business as an assault on the age old culture and tradition of India. They, perhaps, believed, that the reputation of the country which had always been held in high esteem for being the land of sages, values, religion and spirituality, was getting maligned by such so-called derogatory activities. 

Typical dance bar

The backdrop!

It was a well known fact that these dance bars were officially not the centers for prostitution and any bar dancer who was involved in such activities, did so at her own risk and responsibility; needless to say that the circumstances had to be compelling in order to succumb to prostitution. These places were typically, rendezvous for evening or after work relaxation, coupled with unlimited liquor, blaring music, young girls dancing, and the onlookers (mostly men) relaxing in their reclining chairs watching the girls dance. Did I miss something? How could I forget the filthy rich, trying to mingle with the dancing damsels and showering loads of money on them? What pleasure did they get in wasting money like that? That’s beside the point. The point is, who these girls were and where did they come from? Majority of them sneaked in from poorer countries like Nepal and Bangladesh and the rest hailed from Calcutta (better known as ‘slum state’ of India) and other remote villages in India. These were the girls who had been supporting their families, living far away from them. Most of them, on being interviewed, revealed that they had chosen to live a life of anonymity and ‘disgrace’ (as per social norms) only for ensuring better education for their siblings, providing food to their hapless and helpless parents or for giving a better life to their children (those who had kids). Unfortunately, we have exorbitantly large number of people all over the world, who have very few options for survival in view of their illiteracy, poor economic conditions, lack of resources and (sometimes) geographical location. These people live in such deplorable conditions that they, more often than not, have been reported to sell their children, for a value which equals to a few cents in US currency. The horrifying emptiness of their stagnant lives which seems to be writ large on their morose faces, shouts to everyone that poverty is a curse!

Procession by bar girls

The aftermath.

In view of human trafficking and the ever increasing rate of flesh trade, these dance bar girls were still living under a protective clout, in as much as no one could touch them without their permission. With these bars being shut down, pursuant to the court order, I wonder if the Government really has a clue of what happened to each one of them or to their dependent families. Even though, those poor girls (about 75,000 in number) participated in almost a year long agitation against the court order, they still had to accept the consequences, which they were subjected to, with one stroke of the Judge’s hammer. Whether the purpose behind such a verdict was served, still remains to be assessed. If it was a morality issue, whose morality was involved here? The Government and the law enforcement agencies probably thought that these girls were instrumental in instigating men to lose their ‘morality’ but little did these agencies care about the aftermath, of their unilaterally enforced decision on this weaker segment of the society. I vividly remember watching one of these girls confessing before a media journalist that her mother had been persistently calling her asking for her younger brother’s school fees and she didn’t know what she could possibly tell her as she was herself borrowing money for food. How long she would have survived dreading her mother’s phone calls or how long did it finally take her to succumb to the mounting pressures, no one knows.


Back to Hell!

I am not sure what might have been in the minds of a few political workers when they marched out in streets, shouting slogans against the dance bar owners but one thing came out crystal clear; they succeeded in their vendetta and rendered those poor girls jobless and penniless too. The shocking result (as per reports) was that these girls were eventually left with no other alternative but to resort to prostitution. Ironically, the girls might have had to sleep with those men whom they might have turned down in the past. It might have been like opting for Hell…Hell which they had been saving themselves from. Again, whose ‘morality’ was affected finally? Does it no longer prejudice the ‘rich culture’ of the country? Speaking of men who enjoyed visiting such dance bars, would they have stopped, going to ‘Nautch’ girls or for that matter, indulging in paid sex, after the closing down of these bars? What an irony!

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goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

You know I couldn't even vote on this matter. I hate to think anyone does this because they have to support all their family and most likely they do not want to do it. However, you're right that if this is the only means of support, and there are no jobs, what is the solution? I think it may lead to bigger crime and more underground prostitution. In my neck of the woods, around the dance clubs, is a more dangerous area and I can understand how a government would want to "clean up" the environment. I think better regulation of the activities would make for a better solution and a tax perhaps to the strip clubs by the government to better enforce the areas may resolve some issues. Can I run for President now?

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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

Well done Anjali, it seems these girls don't have much voice. Instead of being productive in their lives, their talents go waste. Who knows how many scientists, doctors, engineers, poets, artists are among them, because of poverty all they can do is be a prostitute. If they chose it on their own volition and are happy about it one can understand but a majority of them are being pushed with no other recourse. Your article and this Kristof's article from New York Times sums about the women's problems in prostitution. It is ain't pretty.

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anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York Author

Goldentoad: For the first time I laughed while reading a comment. Last line was cute. Honestly, I think my country needs a balanced and honest president like you. I appreciate your comments. The problem lies with the political system there. No one wants to think beyond one's own vested interests. Their (politicians') approach is ...."People will manage their problems on their own; our hands are full. If we start paying attention to their issues, who's going to play political gimmicks?" Thx for visiting.

cgull8m: As bad as it sounds, the situation seems to have no solution in view of existing corruption, falling human values, lack of resources & deteriorating economy. There are NGO's and independent volunteers who keep relentlessly working in this direction but their efforts seem to be confined to rescuing the girls from brothels and racketeers. Post rescue, situation does not become any better. In some cases it worsens. There are no takers for these girls and where they go, the shadows of their past follow them. Thx for visiting.

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Laila Rajaratnam 8 years ago from India

Anjali ,yes, the situation is indeed sad. People living in this country can understand the poverty and the plight of these bar girls. They don’t have a choice. It’s all because of poverty and corrupt politicians. Many corrupt local politicians collect a whooping bribe for posts in government jobs which many are unable to pay. There is a fixed rate for each category in govt jobs! First create opportunities for girls from poor backgrounds and then the corrupt and sleazy politicians should be cleaned up before even considering banning bars!

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anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York Author

Laila Rajaratnam: We can understand the scenario as we know the reasons behind such problems. Until the younger generation takes over (in politics) I see no hope there. Thx for visiting.

pgrundy 8 years ago

What is especially upsetting and frustrating is how compliciit local police and politicians are in all this, and how accepting people are of it generally. It is as if these girls are put in a special category that makes it socially acceptable to use them in this way, but you don't have to look very hard to see through that. Actually, though few people want to talk about it, poor Americans also sell or prostitute their children--it's a very, very old phenomenon and everyone looks the other way. Once a girl is caught in this it is very hard to escape.

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anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York Author

pgrundy: Hi Pam. Very true! ...and even if she escapes, there is no turning back. Thx for sharing your thoughts.

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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

Good comments Anjali, some only look at the pleasure side, they don't see the other side. I have heard many people go to Southeast Asia for the same reasons lack of control and abuse young girls and boys by force. One of my friend's mother became a prostitute because of circumstances after the sudden death of her husband and she had a large family. Everyone in the town mocked at her but they were the ones using her. Thanks to her perserverance all her granddaughters and grandsons are doing well now.

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anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York Author

cgull8m: Circumstances can force a person to do anything, no matter how derogatory that can be. It's so unfortunate but I guess that's life. Some are lucky to escape the physical abuse while some keep fighting the mental abuse. Thx for visiting.

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crusador 8 years ago

You've to look it from several angles. During my visit to several south east asian countries in 1991, I visited several pubs in different locations of these countries and I was happy consoling me that norms in Indian Society were able to restrict such activities. I was told by people that approx. 50% of young female population in these countries earn their livelihood by serving as maid servant in arabian countries, Japan, Israel etc and dancing in the bars in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Manila etc. and this dance form is even more crude than the dancing in Indian bars. AT that time I had the opinion that it was better in India. But now I have a change in my opinion towards these girls. I have seen the fate of few prostitutes in India those were vaccated from the brothels but they could not lead a good social life after that. Even ban on dances in Mumbai Bars won't serve any good either to these girls, or to society. Now India should open up for some harsh realities of life and accept the reality. Dancing in bars should be legalized and even prostitution may be allowed if the Govt. is understood to agrreing to legalize homosexuality.

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guidebaba 8 years ago from India

Nice Hub. All I would like to say is that these people have there own role to play in the society. They do this to support there family. They do this out of poverty. They also help in control of Rape. I have greatest respect for these kind of girls. I also appreciate that yor are writing on topic that have least commercial value. You are never going to make any money out of the kind of hubs you publish and still you give your time on writing on these topics. Are you originally from India?

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anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York Author

crusador: That's the irony, as you pointed out. Gay marriages have been legalized by the Supreme Court in India but dance bars were supposed to be a social evil. On one hand they are trying to move with the changing time and the changing needs of the society and on the other, they still prefer to be hypocrites. As if closing of bars changed anything for the better! One thing did change, though...more girls were forced into prostitution. Thx for visiting.

Guidebaba: You make me smile every time you drop in a line. Thx for that. I appreciate your perception about these girls and their situation. As for making money from these issues......I love to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. What to do? That's me. And yes...I am originally from India. Thx

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guidebaba 8 years ago from India

That's great Anju. India and Indians are great. Jai Hind. Vande Mataram.

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premsingh 8 years ago

Hi Anjali, I see the potential of a great writer hidden here as I pointed out in my earlier comments. I am happy to read your hub that at least few select Indians showing sensitiveness to such social issues. I am a great sympathizer of such type of sufferers if they speak for themselves, people will take it lightly. Although it may be said that what is to happen with such articles but I believe that if you could shake the conscience of few intellectuals its going to have long lasting impact. As pointed out that gay marriages are to be legalized soon or later in India, we can hope that day is not far away when we find an ordinances legalizing prostitution and bar dancing. Thumbs up.

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anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York Author

Hey Prem! I am thrilled to see you here. Thx for your encouraging comments. I'll consider myself lucky if my voice benefits someone out there who actually needs it. Thx very much.

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Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

When i first visited the Mayanagari Mumbai i looked with child like curiosity at the girls and ladies of all ages and sizes with bright colored lipsticks and dresses at Grant road. Later I came to know about some of them even individually through a social worker friend. Some were lured into prostitution by parents, relatives or even lovers and husbands. Some were given promises of jobs and even roles in movies as lead actresses. Yet there were some who became prostitutes and madams because of their own choices as easy way to make money and using their sexuality to attract wealth.

Social Workers have done their job by raising their voices and getting the Dance Bars shut. But is that really going to end this system? I doubt. The upper classes always can have models and actresses who will do anything for money to the extend of strip dancing or even sleeping with them. The affected are the low and middle classes. When they don't find their indulgements at cheap rates that would lead into crime. They may even end up raping minors,relatives and friends to satisfy themselves.

So i guess the People who have been trapped and want to escape the system should be saved and provided with rehabilitation. Those who want to make bar dancing and prostitution as a Career option would be permitted to do so.

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anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York Author

Anamika S: I'm glad to see you here. You're absolutely right in your analysis. That's what exactly is happening. Whatever was the purpose behind closing down the bars, it has, nevertheless, triggered off prostitution rate. That's the result of mindless high level decisions. Thx for visiting.

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elitesystem 8 years ago from VA, USA

well i love mumbai! i believe that there are lots of minors who try to make a living by dancing...closing the bars are like a kick in their life! regardless, prostitution still exists!

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anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York Author

elitesystem: Yes it does exist, no matter what they do. Thx for visiting.

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

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C. C. Riter 8 years ago

Thanks for the information,as disturbing as it is to me, anjalichugh. I had to vote 'can't say' in your poll as it is not my business to interefere in other nations policies. My morals may not be your morals. They will need to work it out for themselves, it is a sad commentary on politcs as usual.

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anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York Author

ripplemaker: I'm glad that this hub was chosen as one of the top 10. I think writing from heart definitely pays. Thx for visiting.

c.c Riter: I value your comments. Thx for reading though.

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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

It seems governments across the globe will act on things according to pressure put on them by powerful groups/people/contingencies, without any concern of what happens to the real people involved. Their motto seems to be, "Do what looks good," instead of "Do what's right." My heart goes out to these girls, their hard lives, now pushed back to helplessness.

Thank you for a most interesting hub. You write quite well.

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anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York Author

Christoph Reilly: Absolutely right! Governments are ultimately run by people and in most cases, these people happen to be the worst administrators, corrupt, power hungry and selfish lot. It boomerangs on common masses. It's a pity!

Thx very much for visiting and appreciating.

angus 8 years ago

Dear Anjalichugh,

A well written and thoughtful article!...thanks.

This may seem a bit off the subject,but regarding other possibilities for disadvantaged girls and women in India,generally--I have a suggestion for employment opportunities.This is,to train--and at the biginners level it can be the most brief and simple training--to be (of all things!) ...electricians.

This may sound unlikely,but consider;when I spent a few months in Delhi fairly recently,we had long delays,much difficulty,and much expense in eventually getting the services of two lazy,rather beligerent and inept fellows who reluctantly put a couple of simple fixtures sort-of right.I asked some of the women who worked there,afterwards,if this was an occupation that would perhaps be somewhat accessible to women,with regard to social norms,etc.They confessed they had not given it much thought before but seemed generally agreed that it was certainly possible.

Women are so often obsevant and deft and careful and good with small details;what more suitable as a trade than electrical work?..I do not mean hi-tech electronics or theoretical work--just fixing the fuse or the bulb or the corroded wiring or the sparking fixture.Any one of the dozens of small jobs that homes and offices need done every day.They could start at only a few rupees,if that were required to get some business going.And because the women concerned would be likely to be about the opposite of the lazy and arrogant types,because they would certainly be more punctual and considerate and motivated,I think that word of mouth would become their best marketing help.

Anyway--that's my two-cents worth!Sorry if 'm just hopelessly out of touch with realities there,but it seems worth a thought.Perhaps something like a women's electricians union could one day develop!

Thanks and best wishes,...................Angus

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anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York Author

angus: Thanks very much for stopping by. It was very thoughtful of you to have suggested a vocation for such girls. It surprises me that we, in fact, don't have women electricians there. I don't know the reason though. I'm sure with the passage of time some of them may find their way to this unexplored (by women) field. Thx

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dudumodu 7 years ago from FCT,Abuja

Great article. i equally find it difficult to do the voting.

Solving one problem has obviously led to a potentially greater one, but that does not mean the former can now be rated as being no problem.

I do agree though that a little more thinking could have produced a better solution, but who in politics has such time.

I can only pray that man will learn soon enough to think more globally than for self, especially when he claims to be "MAN OF THE PEOPLE".

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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

dudumodu: Thank you very much for your kind comments. It's so encouraging to see that I got responses from people who really understand the gravity of this situation. It's a pity that the officials having the reigns of overall administration under their control, cannot. Thx for visiting.

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tinyteddy 7 years ago from INDIA

dear anjali

well written

at last some one has voiced out for these poor girls. just imagine the economic challenge and the pshycological humiliation these girls have to face. they are adults .some form of rehabilitation should be done for them . they dont need our smpathy but empathy

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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author


That's what exactly I intended....voicing my opinion and the gross injustice done to them. I wish I could do something more tangible and helpful for them rather than just writing about it. Thx for your kind comments.

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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

I have read this Hub now for first time, because only-God-knows-why, every time I misread a title: it seemed to me that it was written: Dancing BEARS. Sorry.

Prostitution is popular everywhere on one way or another. It is very sad story of humanity.

These girls need proper jobs now, as well as needed them from the very beginning. Traditional roles changed, today is much more women in the need of job and money. Today is much more people then before...

Thanks for this Hub, I like your way of thinking and the topics you write about.

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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

Tatjana: Thanks for your generous comments. I know it's a sad story but even sadder is the indifferent attitude of our Government towards these poor girls. No one knows and no one has the time to figure out what happened to these girls after they were displaced from the bars.

Thx for visiting

pgrundy 7 years ago

Hi Anjali,

I had to come back and re-read this after writing on a similar topic recently. I wanted to see what kinds of comments you got as some of the comments on mine are turning predictably ugly. I see you had a better response, maybe because you were talking about Mumbai, which is far from America, and I was speaking more generally about the relationship of prostitution to slavery and the coercion involved, so that I guess is harder for American men (and some other men too) to hear because it hits closer to home.

I appreciate your support. It's interesting to me that mature women almost never tell me I'm "too angry" or that my views on this are "unbalanced" (even though I can support them with actual data), but men often do respond that way. It seems like they are saying to me, "Say something else. I don't like this." Even though I don't like it either. Who likes it?

I also wish I could do more than just write about it.

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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

Hi Pam: I don't know have to mention every time that how much your coming back to my hubs means to me. I always feel as if you are my big sister. I know exactly how you feel about the subjects you, so strongly and passionately, write about. Well, I had a similar experience in one of my hubs (why are women supposed to accept rules....). I had no idea that things would get so much heated up. The criticism that hub invoked was something more than I could handle. Again, men were finding it hard to digest but it does not mean that the thing I wrote about, did not exist. People, most of the times, don't like to see the reality; they just wish to see what they want to see. So, don't pay attention to all that; you are already on a pedestal from where no one can pull you down. (Hugs & kisses).

pgrundy 7 years ago

Anjali, thank you! I needed that virtual hug! I think you are right--some things are hard for people to hear and so they don't respond well sometimes, but that doesn't mean it isn't the truth. Usually criticism doesn't upset me all that much if at all, but I guess I feel more strongly about this issue than I even realized I did. That's good to know, even if it was a bit painful.

I am flattered that you see me in such a positive way. I hope some day some of us from HP can all meet in person. I have made so many nice friends here and you are truly one of them. I always look forward to hearing your take on things. Thanks again. :)

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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

Pam: You're always welcome. I too look forward to meeting you in person. If Law of Attraction exists then we surely will see each other soon. Love..Anj

krishnasumudra 7 years ago

My journey to your hub started visiting Pgrundy hub, but it ideally ended at anjali hub, from your hub what i found is that all your hubs have an human angle and more than anything i found ur association with pam very interesting and touching.

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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

Krishnamundra: I admit that I and Pam share quite a few things in common. During these wonderful eight months (on Hub Pages) I got to know her as a woman of strong intellect and a sensitive heart. She is one of the veterans of HP and my online friend and supporter. I'm glad you got a chance to land on my hubs after reading hers. If you read more of her articles, you will understand what I mean. Thx very much for appreciating and taking time to read my stuff. :)

krishnasumudra 7 years ago

Anjali i am not just reading your STUFF i am sharing your concern, we all know how their grief gets hidden masked by cosmetics. All their gullible woes finds no voice their painful tears gets lost in the glittering world, they are like candles that spreads light but seldom understands that its life is slowly slipping into darkness.

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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

Krishnamundra: Showing concern and feeling their pain is the least we can do. Thanks for taking time to read this article. I appreciate your kind words.

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Dear Anjali first of all let me congratulate you profusely from the very bottom of my heart that your writing is not only getting well noticed but appreciated 2. What you write is a perfect jell of the heart and the mind. Only a person who can feel what he wants to convey can give his words new meanings and take them to another level.

I have had the pleasure of following you thru various of your hubs and even though I may not agree with all that you convey(esp.about OSHO)there is absolutely no doubting your integrity or the courage of your conviction.

Anyone who is open to another persons point of view and respects it even while disagreeing with the issue on hand reflects his own upbringing and values. Only those who cannot convince the other try to shout down the opponent or shut them up failing which they leave in a huff knowing they will not get to putting in the last word.

Having said that I still feel that what is it about absolute power that corrputs absolutely? People behave so differently until they are out of power but the minute they get control they transform into different creatures.

Same is the case with politicians they are believed to be educated(not talking about India)honest and upholders of firm beliefs and morals but no sooner do they get a chair that they itch to show their true colors.So is it the System that is to blame for the transformation? They say anyone can be a yogi(sage/saint)if he lives on the Himalayas as there is no room for temptation what is really tough is to be a "karamyogi" because then you're surrounded by temptations and if you can still resist them then you are made of a finer mettle.

Coming back to your hub I can tell you from personal experience that is first hand is that while dance bars were in existence it were the cops and politicians who not only got regulary cuts but were also the patrons who visited and entertained their local bosses-free of cost.

Any wonder then that as and when a raid was conducted on a bar the arrested girls would know the cops on first name basis-having pleasured them with not just their dancing skills alone.

Isn't it a slap in the face that while on one hand Madhur Bhandarkar & Tabu got the National Award for "Chandni Bar"(a film based on Bar Girls that had more fact than fiction to it's script)the same nation has thrown in the towel and kicked the hapless bar-girls below the belt? If this ain't ironical then what else is?

Last but not the least your thought provoking hubs may not start a revolution but atleast you have the courage to show society the mirror to reflect on what they see in it and often sweep beneath the carpet.

Attagurl keep up the good work...One maybe a lonely number but again the power of 1 shold never be under-estimated as it can make all the difference when things come to a crux.

More Power to you Anjali & God Bless..coz we need more people like you.It's very easy to stand up and shout for yourself but it takes a lot of courage to stand up and be counted for others by lending your voice to their causes.


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

The LIP: I'm speechless. Thank you so much for your generous, encouraging and flattering words. I accept the entire basket full of appreciation you offered although I doubt if I deserve all of it. Speaking for 'dance bars', you were right....I wrote what I felt. I was in India when this stupid judgment came. We used to spend hours arguing pros and cons of rendering those girls homeless but those were just debates....debates with no conclusion. Politicians had played their part and the damage was done. I know that merely writing about such grave issues does not provide solutions but creates awareness nonetheless. As you noticed, I write with conviction which might be wrong at times but I just believe in giving voice to my thoughts when I see injustice being done to anyone. Thats not of much help, though. People who are victimized, continue to suffer irrespective of all that is spoken or written against the Govt decisions. Thanks again for your kind comments.

saurabhpande 7 years ago

Anjali i really appreciate this hub. Our country has most of the population that fell under the category of BPL [Below poverty level]. It is very unfortunate that the girl in the family has to suffer a lot especially in India even today. it then help grow the links like the dance bars ,etc. we also can't deny the involvement of the administrative personals in their growth. The aftermath of the government decision can also be undenied. These women are earning their bread and butter from these bars. I definitely feel that the government should involve the young brigade to counterfeit this.

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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

Saurabhpande: Its an old case (2006) as you would know. I'm not sure if Govt can really go back on its decision and reinstate those dance bars. Whatever is done cannot be undone, unfortunately. I hope that some women organizations and NGO's really do something concrete to help those girls, wherever they are now. Thx for joining me in sympathizing with these girls and showing your concern. Your comments are genuinely appreciated.

KF Nash 6 years ago

What happened some time in 2006 was essentially a result of a hardly known politician's greed to gain popularity. The politician in question has been enjoying being in power for over 5 years as also a celebrity-like popularity. This mindless development may have destroyed thousands of lives while having worked as the easiest way of scoring some significant political brownie points.

Besides, these girls have been unlucky for having been caught up in a country where the majority of the population appreciates anything and eveything that looks, sounds, smells populist. A country where another person's loss does not matter to me. Therefore you may have noticed that the opposition party which is notorious in opposing anything that the government proposes without a thought was a silent spectator to this political tamasha of banning dance bars. Every political entity worth its salt steered away from opposing the move since none of them were prepared to invite the wrath of the population that believed that the new law was being implemented to safeguard their interests.

Finally what happens with these girls has been happening since ages and sadly will continue to happen. Somewhere these girls have lost the priviledge of being considered human beings... leave alone citizens.

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anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York Author

KF Nash:

"Somewhere these girls have lost the priviledge of being considered human beings... leave alone citizens."

So true! I can see how passionately you feel about this issue but, unfortunately, voice of people does not count in that country. The only agency which is capable of creating ripples in the stagnant water is the media. It's only due to media pressure that the country has seen some landmark judgments from the judiciary. Thx very much for sharing your opinion here.

Dans Horsens 6 years ago

We say thanks for this great site.

It´s fantastisk to see someone that takes the time to make quality work.

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anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York Author

Dans Horens: Thank you very much for your kind and encouraging words. Feel free to come back. :)

pradeep ch 6 years ago


nice one.., i hope i will comprehend the whole fibre ---

isn't prostitution legal in here ..*india , i suppose it is .. right..?

I thnk there r bigger forces involved in closing down bars act...

as it is said.., few rich affluent families run any bigger country.., these few families r hurt with these bars... so all the fussy reasons must be put forward morality or sage s boundary..etc..

So.., what is wrong when these girls getting down to protitution.., i hope prostitution becomes totally legal and even get advertised over televisions and computers..

that way these girls will have more choices to pik.., isn't it...

even boys will get more options... isn't it..

If it comes to this point so far.., AIDS may not ve further aid isn't ...

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anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York Author

Pradeep Ch: Thanks for the satire. AIDS is not the only evil we are facing; greater evil is poverty and on top of it ...self-righteousness of leaders who abuse power they have over gullible people. It is an open fact that the leaders / politicians who are generally involved in so-called morality campaigns are the first ones to drop their pants in front of the prostitutes in those plush farm house parties (that we are all aware of). It's sad that you didn't understand the purpose of this article. :(((

pradeep ch 6 years ago

okay... my fault

why u r worried as ....a prostitute has to sleep with a guy even though she may like him or not...

It happens even with a guy.., a guy has to do a job at times even though he does not like it..,, or even though pay is less ..need scenario..i think..

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anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York Author

Pradeep Ch: Still... you're far away from the bottom line. :((( Keep trying.

pradeep ch 6 years ago

give me a hint, is it poverty....

i suppose it is..

YEAH, dance bars r needed //

wait n see ., they ll come back soon.., i suppose there is a temporary glitch..!

i hope prostitution too gets totally legal .., that way what ever is needed these girls can opt out.

You ve no idea how there is demand for girls in India..

I donot know about whole india by the way., but in my city.., (hyderabad)., there is certainly demand ..!

If i login into a chat session like yahoo ., u will find lots n lots of guys., who r 20's-30's age groups , who r earning.., and want a partner for short or long relationships or may be for life.., some of these guys seem pretty per my conversations with few..!

while girls who login into these chat rooms after faarr outnumbered.., the ration is like.. 1:30 at times.

Ask these out of employed dance girls to come to Hyderabad., i am sure ., they will find plenty of market., their poverty will vanish in split sec.s.

pradeep ch 6 years ago

u see

am n't i goood at such points.., yup., i m born like this...., i dont like gettng praises ..all the timee,

i m down to under-ground guy .. ;)

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anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York Author

Pradeep ch: Sorry for not responding sooner.

Ok let me get to the point. Poverty was not the primary issue that I wanted to highlight here. If I wanted to talk about poverty, I could have mentioned other Countries that are worst affected. So ..poverty was not the issue.

The purpose of this article was to bring to everyones attention the 'double standards' of political leaders who were responsible for shutting down the dance bars. They try to show that they are the torch bearers who stand up for the values & culture of their Country and that they have been given some kind of responsibility of freeing their motherland of any kind of dirt & filth accumulating on the surface of it. We all know what kind of activities are they involved in when no one is looking. Those poor bar girls were mere scape goats in their political agenda. Hope I was able to clarify.

pradeep ch 6 years ago


thxs ..//

it is better to hight-light their attrocitie-s- than not to.., don't u thnk ..//

gud luck //

--pradeep //

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