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'Cinema hall should provide free drinking water if it prohibits water from outside': Madras High Court [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 5 Oct 2021 7:39pm

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The Madras High Court recently observed that cinema halls must provide free, potable, and pure drinking water to moviegoers if they are not permitted to bring water bottles into the theatres.

For security reasons, Justice SM Subramaniam acknowledged that cinema owners may prohibit cinemagoers from bringing drinking water from outside into the cinema hall. The judge observed that undesirable elements may transport alcohol or even water mixed with acid. It was also stated that there have been reports of "bottle bomb devices" exploding in theatres.

However, if water from outside is prohibited, the Court ordered that the cinema provide free drinking water through water coolers installed inside the Cinema Halls.

The order stated, "A Cinema Hall, which seeks to prohibit carrying of drinking water inside the Cinema Hall for security reasons, must necessarily provide free potable and pure drinking water through water coolers installed inside the Cinema Halls, before such a prohibition can be enforced ... Mere availability of the drinking water would not be sufficient to enforce prohibition of carrying drinking water inside the Cinema Halls. Purified drinking water with prescribed standards must be provided, so as to satisfy the requirements ... it is to be ensured that drinking water facilities are provided all the times to the cinema goers in the Hall.”

Water purifiers must be installed within water coolers to ensure that the water available to moviegoers is free of impurities, and a sufficient number of disposable glasses must be made available near the coolers, according… Continue Reading...


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