Read The Courageous Story Of A Female Bouncer
- JWB Post
- September 17, 2015
Indian Express published a story of Delhi-based female bouncer who, after fighting all odds, is living a life of dignity. With a job that is considered male-dominated in our society, Mehrun Nisha is proud of herself. So we are.
28-year-old Nisha is 5’4” tall but her determination to earn a respect-worthy livelihood every day stands taller. Her job is to ensure that no arms or weapons enter inside the lounge, prevent drug abuse in the ladies’ restrooms, protect women from sexual violence, and escort tipsy women back to safety. “When customers tend to get aggressive with the male bouncers, we intervene. It usually breaks up a fight.There have been a few instances where we have felt unsafe, but we try not to show it. Because if we do, then the female clientele will get scared even more. We have to put on a brave face at all times”, mentions Nisha.
Nisha belongs to Saharanpur and was born to a Hindu mother and a Muslim father. She remembers, “My father had cut the electricity so that we could not study. He felt if we studied, we would run away and marry men of our choice. But my mother took immense pain to make us study at night in candlelight, after she saw two of my sisters who had been married off early suffer at their in-laws’ place.”
After that Nisha enrolled as an NCC cadet and buffed up from 55 kg to her present weight of 80 kg in order to get a job in Police. However, she and her sister were offered jobs of bouncers in Delhi, which they happily accepted. Her first job profile was to ensure the safety of female students at the Jamia Millia Islamia college. Today as she works at a bar-lounge in Hauz-Khas, she earns Rs 15,000 per month and is quite happy with the income. Sometimes, she even gets to volunteer at the IPL matches, reality show auditions, film promotions with Bollywood celebs like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan and Deepika Padukone!
Did she face any stereotypes? Yes. She remarks, “Some people in my neighbourhood would make fun of me and say, pata nahi kaha jati hai aur itni raat ko kya karti hai (Don’t know what she does and why she stays out so late). Initially, I would come home crying and my parents would console me. One day, our landlord came to my rescue and told them not to say a word against me because I support my family on my own. They stopped teasing me after that. Most of my neighbours now say, tere jaisi beti honi chahiye (all daughters should be like you).”
What an inspiring story! In a world that is still confused whether girls should be allowed to do certain jobs, Nisha and her sister are preparing themselves to become great examples.