‘We need more girls’: Man who says he’s a black hairderer in India explains why he wants to give women a more positive view of his work
Posted October 09, 2018 09:33:38The woman who has been a fixture of the Indian hairdresses industry for more than 20 years is back in the spotlight after her comments on her work, and one that is being widely criticised.
Charma Devi Kaur, who has worked in India since she was 14, said women in the hairdos industry should be seen as part of the wider society and not only as a commodity.
“We need to work towards equality and women are not the only ones in the industry,” Ms Kaur told the BBC’s Today programme.
In her most recent post on her website, Ms Kachada said she was “still a female hairdressor”, adding that “a woman who looks good, wears a suit, has a nice figure and a good sense of style is not a woman who will be treated as a piece of meat”.
“I work in the salon and it is my job to cater to the needs of all the customers.
I do not work as a servant or a housewife,” she said.
Ms Kaur has been outspoken about the need for female hairstylists in the country, saying she has had to take on men who told her they were not ready for the industry.
The salon she works in in the southern Indian city of Kochi, which has an annual population of more than 2 million, is one of the country’s biggest.
She said she has been told by other female hairliners that their looks were not up to standard and that they had “failed”.
“We have had to do what we had to to do to make them look good and they have had their job done,” Ms Khaur told Today.
But Ms Kachela said that her views on the industry were not limited to hairdractors, adding that the profession was not just about sex but also about education and self-esteem.
“[The] male hairdryers are the ones who have to pay for their education and also they are responsible for the training of the female hair, she said, adding the industry should make sure that women could make it as well as the men.
Ms Khaur said that while the industry was already struggling with a lack of female haired staff, “it is a big challenge for women to get into the field”.
Ms Kachado, who was born in India, was working in the city of Kolkata, which is home to about 500,000 people, when she made the comments. “
They need to be educated on their beauty, not their appearance,” she added.
Ms Kachado, who was born in India, was working in the city of Kolkata, which is home to about 500,000 people, when she made the comments.
Many women have criticised her comments, saying that her words were sexist.
However, Ms Khachada has not been the only person who has criticised Ms Kaura, who also worked in the beauty industry in the past.
A post on a forum for the Indian Beauty Council website has been criticised by some as “shameful” for the way she spoke about the industry, and also for saying that women should be treated with “respect and dignity”.
A comment in a blog post written by the council’s director general Keshav Mehta said Ms Kacha was “playing politics”.
In the same post, Mr Mehtasays that the beauty trade should not be “a way to make a profit for the women” and that the council was trying to “educate the women”.
Ms Mehtap said she believed that Ms Kichada’s comments were a “bad message” and should not “have been spoken”.
However Ms Mehtag said she did not believe that she should be censured.
He said Ms Khacha’s comments “demonstrate a lack in understanding of the industry” and “a lack of awareness on the part of some people”.
“She has been wrong in many ways.
But I have no issue with the comments she has made.
It was not her intention to say anything against anyone, but the comments were made in a way that was hurtful to many women in India,” Mr Mehetas said.
The comments sparked outrage on social media, with some calling on Ms Kacho to apologise.
Others have criticised the council for its reaction, with one posting: “If the council is to take responsibility, it needs to apologise to women who were insulted.
An official at the council has responded to criticism, saying the organisation was taking the issue seriously and had sought to meet Ms Katchada in person.
One of the council members, Akshay Gupta, said that Ms Kh