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Women can serve liquor in bars: HC

However, the Delhi High Court made very clear that women cannot be forced to serve against their wishes.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 14:10 IST

The Delhi High Court on Thursday ruled that no restrictions can be put on women for working at a place where liquor or other intoxicating drugs are served to customers.

The judges also made very clear that women cannot be forced to serve liquor against their wishes.

The Court struck down Section 30 of the Punjab Excise Act, which prohibited women, and men below 25, from serving liquor at public places,as unconstitutional.

Appearing for the petitioners, senior counsel Arun Jaitley contended that the legislation was unconstitutional as it violated the fundamental right of women to choose their own profession and discriminated against them on the basis of their gender.

The petition was filed by the Hotel Association of India and four others including two women employed in the hotel industry.

First Published: Jan 12, 2006 13:38 IST