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10 July 2014

Karnataka high court Justice Ashok B Hinchigeri has struck down the part of Rule-11(1) of the Karnataka Excise Licences (General Conditions) Rules 1967 banning dance as a form of entertainment in error petition filed by a restaurant in Domlur and two professional female dancers, reported the Times of India.

Petitioners' counsel M Krishnappa argued that the ban was gender discriminatory, since most dancers were women, and an unreasonable restriction of freedom of expression and livelihood, relying on 2013 Supreme Court case State of Maharashtra & another vs Indian Hotel & Restaurants Association and others, which held that "dancing is a fundamental right and it cannot be excluded by dubbing it as res extra commercium". The court agreed over the government's objections.