A whirlwind of controversy sparked after celebrity hairstylist Jawed Habib went viral after a video of him spitting on a woman's head during a seminar in western Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar town earlier this week.
The video of the incident which took place at a workshop conducted by the celebrity hairstylist on Monday was widely shared on social media which lead to him facing flak on social media.
In the video, Mr Habib is heard telling the audience, "If there is a shortage of water, use saliva". Mr Habib later apologised but said that the act was done to add "humour" to the lengthy session.
"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 parlour.
The National Commission for Women has asked the Uttar Pradesh 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 backlash, Mr Habib released a video on social media explaining why he did it and apologised for his actions.
"I just want to say one thing these are professional workshops, as in, they are attended by people from within our profession. When these sessions get very long, we have to make them humorous. What can I say? If you are truly hurt, I apologise from the bottom of my heart. Please forgive me, I am sorry," he said in a video posted on social media.
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