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New Delhi's female bouncer pulls no punches

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 01:14

One of India's first female bouncers breaks stereotypes while doing a job she loves. Grace Lee reports.

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If you want into this hip New Delhi bar, you're going to have to go through her. This is Mehrunnisha, one of India's first female bouncers. She's been working at Social for nearly a decade and is a pro at breaking up bar fights, frisking female customers and uncovering illegal drugs. "My brother has asked me several times, what kind of job makes you work at night?" Mehrunnisha told Reuters. "But what people say doesn't really bother me becuase my mother and father have faith in me and I know I'm fulfilling my dream." It's a dream that's smashing stereotypes in a country where bouncers are typically men. "If I come here for a gig and I do see a female bouncer around me, I feel a lot safer of course," said one customer. Mehrunnisha trains at a gym for an hour every day to stay fit for her job. Growing up she hoped to become a police officer or join the army, something her conservative father opposed. But when her father lost his money in the stock market, Mehrunnisha became the breadwinner for the family of eight. She says it's a big responsibility to keep people, especially women, safe. "She is pretty kick-ass, if I may say!" a customer said. And her work doesn't go unnoticed.

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New Delhi's female bouncer pulls no punches

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 01:14