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Hairstylist Jawed Habib booked for spitting on woman’s head

A police case has been filed against hairstylist Jawed Habib for spitting on a woman’s head during a seminar in western Uttar Pradesh’s town earlier this week. The complaint has been filed by the woman on whose hair Habib spat during the workshop, the police said.

The video of the incident at a workshop conducted by the hairstylist on 3 December was widely shared on social media, leading to massive criticism among internet users.

In the video, Habib is heard telling the audience, “If there is a shortage of water, use saliva”. The hairstylist later apologised but said that the act was done to add “humour” to the lengthy session.

The woman on whose hair Habib spat during the workshop has recounted the experience on social media. 

“Yesterday, I attended a workshop of Jawed Habib. He invited me to the stage for a haircut. He said if there is no water, you can use saliva. From now onwards, I will go to my street-side barber for a haircut, but will not go to Habib,” said Pooja Gupta, who owns a beauty salon.

The National Commission for Women has asked Police to immediately investigate the veracity of the video and take appropriate action. “The action taken must be appraised to the Commission at the earliest,” the women’s commission said in a tweet on Thursday.

Following the criticism, hairstylist Jawed Habib released a video on social explaining why he did it and apologised for his actions.

“Our seminars are professional seminars. Since these sessions are lengthy, we make them humorous. I apologise if my act hurt anyone,” he said in a video posted on social media.

The Muslim hairstylist has been booked under various sections that relate to assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour a person of the Indian Penal Code and the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, the police said.

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