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Breaking professional stereotypes: Life of a female bouncer

High-end restaurants employ able-bodied personnel, popularly known as bouncers, to ensure the safety of their customers from miscreants and potentially tense situations.

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The night life of cosmopolitan cities of India thrives in restaurants and bars with bright lights and loud music. These high-end restaurants employ able-bodied personnel, popularly known as bouncers, to ensure the safety of their customers from miscreants and potential tensed situations. (Reuters)
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The night life of cosmopolitan cities of India thrives in restaurants and bars with bright lights and loud music. These high-end restaurants employ able-bodied personnel, popularly known as bouncers, to ensure the safety of their customers from miscreants and potential tensed situations. (Reuters)

Mehrunnisha Shokat Ali is a female bouncer in New Delhi’s Hauz Khas village’s Social. Smashing every stereotype of this society, Mehrunnisha is a strong, determined employee, who ensures the safety of the female customers in the restaurant. (Reuters)
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Mehrunnisha Shokat Ali is a female bouncer in New Delhi’s Hauz Khas village’s Social. Smashing every stereotype of this society, Mehrunnisha is a strong, determined employee, who ensures the safety of the female customers in the restaurant. (Reuters)

Her sister, Tarannum, followed her lead and now works as a bouncer, too. Together, the sisters are the bread earners, supporting their family of seven. Working in restaurants and as private security for big personalities like Priyanka Chopra, both of them bring home Rs. 30,000 per month. (Reuters)
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Her sister, Tarannum, followed her lead and now works as a bouncer, too. Together, the sisters are the bread earners, supporting their family of seven. Working in restaurants and as private security for big personalities like Priyanka Chopra, both of them bring home Rs. 30,000 per month. (Reuters)

Mehrunnisha comes from a conservative Muslim family originally from Saharanpur and was never encouraged to work by her father. She dreamed of joining the army or becoming a police officer, but did not pursue it, fearing him. (Reuters)
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Mehrunnisha comes from a conservative Muslim family originally from Saharanpur and was never encouraged to work by her father. She dreamed of joining the army or becoming a police officer, but did not pursue it, fearing him. (Reuters)

After her father lost a lot of money in business, Mehrunnisha had to take up this job and she could not be happier. “I am very proud of what I do, it's not an easy job. Taking care of people, especially women in a club, is a very big responsibility." (Reuters)
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After her father lost a lot of money in business, Mehrunnisha had to take up this job and she could not be happier. “I am very proud of what I do, it's not an easy job. Taking care of people, especially women in a club, is a very big responsibility." (Reuters)

Aware of the challenges that come with a bouncer’s job description, Mehrunnisha spends a significant amount of time in the gym, working out with her sister, to build her strength and stamina. (Reuters)
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Aware of the challenges that come with a bouncer’s job description, Mehrunnisha spends a significant amount of time in the gym, working out with her sister, to build her strength and stamina. (Reuters)

Not only is she determined, Mehrunnisha is good at her job. One of the many female patrons of Delhi Social said, “If I come here and I see a female bouncer, I feel a lot safer. Mehrunnisha is pretty kick-ass. She is good at what she does.” (Reuters)
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Not only is she determined, Mehrunnisha is good at her job. One of the many female patrons of Delhi Social said, “If I come here and I see a female bouncer, I feel a lot safer. Mehrunnisha is pretty kick-ass. She is good at what she does.” (Reuters)

Even her employer, Social's owner Riyaaz Amlani, sees her as a fierce, determined woman. “We decided to employ women to make sure that women customers too felt safe, and we found a great match in Mehrunnisha. She has helped defuse innumerable alcohol-fuelled quarrels.” (Reuters)
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Even her employer, Social's owner Riyaaz Amlani, sees her as a fierce, determined woman. “We decided to employ women to make sure that women customers too felt safe, and we found a great match in Mehrunnisha. She has helped defuse innumerable alcohol-fuelled quarrels.” (Reuters)

Over time, balancing her 10-hour-long shifts along with her family, Mehrunnisha has become an expert in breaking up bar fights, frisking female customers, and uncovering illegal drugs. (Reuters)
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Over time, balancing her 10-hour-long shifts along with her family, Mehrunnisha has become an expert in breaking up bar fights, frisking female customers, and uncovering illegal drugs. (Reuters)

Being a woman in a profession widely proclaimed to be a man’s, comes with a fair share of problems and criticisms. With the support of her family, Mehrunnisha, along with sister Tarannum, has achieved respect and independence for herself and her family. (Reuters)
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Being a woman in a profession widely proclaimed to be a man’s, comes with a fair share of problems and criticisms. With the support of her family, Mehrunnisha, along with sister Tarannum, has achieved respect and independence for herself and her family. (Reuters)

First Published on Mar 8, 2018 03:45 pm
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