In Mumbai, shapely women dance away to blaring Bollywood numbers under colorful lights in a hazy air-conditioned atmosphere as clients, mainly youth, wealthy businessmen or tourists, shower them with currency notes. Or at least they did. The interactive sessions with the dancers came to a sudden stop last week throughout the southern state of Maharashtra, where the bluenoses managed to push through a controversial law banning performances of dancers in all of the state’s hotels, bars and restaurants. That has civil rights activists and women’s organizations up in arms.
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