" She added: 'I eat a protein-rich diet and drink a lot of water to keep myself fit. I am very strong both mentally and physically and I think that there is nothing on this earth that girls can not achieve.'"
By Alkesh Sharma

Chandigarh, July 28 - Two brawny women have become bouncers at a nightclub here, muscling their way into yet another male bastion.

A rarity anywhere in the country in an all-male dominated profession, the two female bouncers took up the profession a couple of months back in the city.

Amandeep Kaur, 22, who hails from a village in Punjab's Barnala district, 250 km from here, stands tall among her male counterparts in 'Score' nightclub in Chandigarh's Sector 8. She became the first female bouncer of Chandigarh and its neighbouring towns two months back.

'When I expressed my desire of becoming a bouncer, everyone laughed at me and discouraged me from following this career. Even officials at 'Score' were not ready to give me this job,' an excited Amandeep told IANS.

'But when I smacked a boy who was creating a nuisance in the club and threw him out, the management immediately recruited me,' she said. 'Now I am looking forward to build a team of female bouncers from the city,' she said.

Following in her footsteps, Manpreet Johal, 20, from the border district of Gurdaspur in Punjab also joined 'Score'. She has become the second female bouncer of the city.

The idea of becoming a bouncer struck her two years back while attending a party and she was preparing since then to become one.

'Whenever I go to some party, I wonder why there are no female bouncers. Girls are usually not comfortable approaching male bouncers in case of any trouble. So I decided to join this profession,' said Manpreet.

Manpreet is an athlete and a basketball player. She is now learning martial arts and spends two hours in the gym everyday to do weight training.

Their duty is to keep an eye on the female guests coming to the nightclub and to remain vigilant at the entrance and near the dance floor on four nights a week between 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

They are also supposed to physically check every woman coming to the club after instances of females sneaking in with drugs.

Manpreet admits that the career of a bouncer does not have a long-term future. 'As a back up option I am pursuing a law degree and aspire to join the Indian Police Service - after clearing the civil services exam,' she said.

She added: 'I eat a protein-rich diet and drink a lot of water to keep myself fit. I am very strong both mentally and physically and I think that there is nothing on this earth that girls can not achieve.'

Both women bouncers say that their job is quite demanding and at times they have to handle unruly, drunk youths who create problems in the club.


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