THE Lahore High Court on Tuesday imposed a ban on dances in stage dramas and their exhibition on television by cable networks in the province.
Dismissing an application filed by a local stage drama producer, Justice Khurshid Anwar Bhinder on Tuesday issued a short order declaring the dance performance as un-Islamic.
The judge held that violation of the order would amount to contempt of the court and the district coordination officers (DCOs) and district police officers (DPOs) would be responsible for such violation.
The petitioner had challenged a notification issued by the Home Department wherein a parameter was explained for stage dramas. The government had directed the drama producers to follow the scripts strictly, which they have to get approved by respective Art Council prior to exhibition. The government also banned dances in stage dramas. The applicant was of the view that a dance was a vital part of any stage drama and public demand as well.
He also pointed out that the government allowed dance performances at Al Hamra but discriminately did not allowed the same in stage dramas.
A law officer, Sarfraz Ali Khan, opposing the application argued that by performing dances on stage, the actresses indulged in immoral activities and the government rightly imposed the ban on such activities. The detailed judgment is likely to be issued on Wednesday.