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Ban on bar girls is casteist: Union

May 03, 2005 20:40 IST

Bar Girls Union on Tuesday alleged that the Maharashtra government's decision to clamp a ban on dance bars had caste overtones.

"It's the apparent approval and appreciation received from the middle-class Brahmin community that appears to have driven Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil to stick to his decision," president of the union Varsha Kale said.

She was addressing journalists during a demonstration of bar girls at Azad Maidan in Mumbai.

"Almost 80 percent of the girls hail from the scheduled tribes," Kale claimed.

"The demand for a ban was basically motivated by the state's middle-class Brahmins, the so-called upholders of the moral values of the society," she alleged.

Kale said most of the girls hail from states like Andhra Pradesh where their families are basically commercial sex workers.

"Hence the ban would force these girls to go back to their traditional professions, benefiting some upper caste groups," she said, adding "such a proposal for a ban would not have been announced had the power wielders hailed from the lower caste."

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Sub: Bar Girls and Caste

I dont understand what banning dances in bars got to do with caste and brahminism. Its becoming a fashionable trend to blame brahmins for everything ...

Posted by GK

Sub: This really takes the cake!

As a Maharashtrian, I would suspect that Ms. Varsha Kale is a Brahmin. Maharashtra has produced a number of Marxist, feminist Brahmin leaders who can ...

Posted by arul

Sub: sick comment

Caste....huh.. This is one the worst ever use of caste system by anyone. Becoz the gils belong to lower caste let them be bar girls.. ...

Posted by desh_bhakt

Sub: Bar Girls Issue

The crux of the matter is that the whole trade is immoral just b'coz somebody has found a way to make ends meet using such ...

Posted by siddharth seth


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