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FIR against hairstylist Habib

Popular hairstylist Jawed Habib found himself in the soup on Friday for allegedly spitting on a woman's head while styling her hair and apologised for his action, even as the Muzaffarnagar police registered an FIR against him and the NCW issued a summons.

The police said the FIR was lodged at the Mansurpur police station in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar on a complaint filed by Pooja Gupta, a resident of Baraut town on whose head Habib allegedly spat.

He has been booked under Section 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person) of the Indian Penal Code and the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, they said.

In Jaipur, former city mayor and Congress leader Jyoti Khandelwal also lodged a complaint against Habib, accusing him of insulting women.

NCW summon

The National Commission for Women (NCW) summoned him on January 11 for explaining his action. It also asked the Uttar Pradesh Police to probe the veracity of a purported video which shows Habib spitting on the woman's head.

In its summons issued on Friday, the NCW said it has taken serious note of Habib’s action.A noted hairstylist, Habib operates more than 850 salons and around 65 hair academies in 115 cities across the country.

In the purported video of the incident, which took place in Muzzafarnagar on January 3, Habib is seen spitting on the woman's head while she sits with her back to him.

“If there is scarcity of water, then use saliva,” he can be heard saying.

In a video statement issued on Friday, the hairstylist apologised for the act.

“Some words spoken by me have hurt people. I want to say one thing that these are professional workshops and are long shows and when they are long, we have to make them humorous. What can I say? If you are truly hurt, I apologise from my heart. Please forgive me. Sorry,” he said.


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