Sections Particulars
1 Short title
This Act may be called the Dramatic Performances Act, 1876.Local extent.- It extends to the whole of India except 2[the territories which, immediately before...
2 Magistrate defined
In this Act "Magistrate" means, in the Presidency-towns, a Magistrate of Police, and elsewhere the Magistrate of the district....
3 Power to prohibit certain dramatic performances
Whenever the State Government is of opinion that any play, pantomime or other drama performed or about to be performed in a public place is-(a) of a scandalou...
4 Power to serve order of prohibition. Penalty for disobeying order
A copy of any such order may be served on any person about to take part in the performance so prohibited, or on the owner or occupier of any house, room or pl...
5 Power to notify order
Any such order may be notified by proclamation, and a written or printed notice thereof may be stuck up at any place or places adapted for giving information ...
6 Penalty for disobeying prohibition
Whoever after the notification of any such order-(a) takes part in the performance prohibited thereby or in any performance substantially the same as the perf...
7 Power to call for information
For the purpose of ascertaining the character of any intended public dramatic performance, the State Government, or such officer as it may specially empower i...
8 Power to grant warrant to Police to enter and arrest and seize
If any Magistrate has reason to believe that any house, room or place is used, or is about to be used, for any performance prohibited under this Act, he may, ...
9 Saving of prosecutions under Penal Code, sections 124A and 294
No conviction under this Act shall bar a prosecution under section 124A or section 294 of the Indian Penal Code....
10 Power to prohibit dramatic performance in any local area, except under license
Whenever it appears to the State Government that the provisions of this section are required in any local area, it may 6[***] declare, by notification in the ...
11 Powers exercisable by Governor
-General- Repealed by the A.O. 1937]...
12 Exclusion of performances at religious festivals
Nothing in this Act applies to any jatras or performances of a like kind at religious festivals...
Foot Notes
1. This Act has been repealed in its application to Madras, to Andhra Pradesh, to Madhya Pradesh and to Andaman and Nicobar Islands by various State enactments...
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