3. Punishment for
singing or dancing in Muslim Shrines.
4. Punishment for
MUSIC IN MUSLIM SHRINES ACT, 1942
(Punjab Act VII of
[1 May 1942]
An Act to restrict singing and dancing in
It is hereby enacted as follows:-
1. Short title and extent.—
(1) This Act may be called the Music in Muslim Shrines Act, 1942.
(2) It extends to the whole of the
For the purposes of this Act the expression “Muslim Shrine” shall mean a
shrine of a recognised Muslim saint and shall include the premises of the
shrine and the premises owned by and attached to the shrine.
3. Punishment for singing or dancing in
Muslim Shrines.— If any woman or girl sings
to the accompaniment of a musical instrument or dances with or without a
musical instrument in a Muslim Shrine, she shall be guilty of an offence
under this Act and shall be liable on conviction to be punished with fine
not exceeding five hundred rupees or with imprisonment of either description
for a term not exceeding six months or with both such fine and imprisonment.
4. Punishment for abetment.—
If any person abets an offence punishable under the last preceding section,
he shall, whether such offence be or be not committed in consequence of such
abetment, and notwithstanding anything contained in section 116 of the
be liable on conviction to be punished with the punishment provided for the
An offence punishable under this Act shall be cognizable, bailable,
non-compoundable and triable by a magistrate of the first class.
statement of objects and reasons, see Punjab Government Gazette,
1941, Part V, page 37; for Report of the Select Committee, see ibid.,
1941, pages 56-57 and ibid., 1942, pages 13-16; for Proceedings
in Assembly, see Punjab Legislative Assembly Debates, Volume IX
page 852, Volume XIV, pages 782-89 and Volume XVIII, pages 251-52 and
This Act received
the assent of the Governor-General on 25th April, 1942,
and was published in the Punjab
Gazette (Extraordinary), dated:
1st May, 1942.
for the word “Indian”, by the Punjab Laws (Adaptation, Revision and
Repeal) Act, 1954 (XV of 1955), section 2, Schedule I, Part II.
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