Despite the fact that women serving liquor is uncommon in Kerala,the state government has banned barmaids from working in hotels to prevent exposure of women to drunken brawls.
The state has about 700 hotels with bar licences.
Additional Excise Commissioner (administration) N Prasanth said preventing women from working as barmaids in hotels was a protective legislation.
As per the existing rule,women are not allowed as staff in liquor retail outlets. The regulation was extended to bars considering the security of women. The decision should be a seen in a larger perspective. We do not want to expose them to drunken situations, he said.
He said that although only a few hotels of the 700-odd hotels in Kerala with a bar licence employ women,they have received several complaints from the public.
Kerala Bar Hotels Association state president Raj Kumar said the decision was against the spirit of the hotel and tourism industry,which has employed hundreds of women.
Kumar said that complaints,if any,could have been addressed in a different manner. The matter will be taken up with the government,he added.