‘Shoddy haircut’: Consumer panel orders ITC Maurya to pay Rs 2 cr to woman


New Delhi, Sep 23 | The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has awarded a whopping Rs 2 crore compensation to a woman whose dream to be a top model was shattered due to a haircut gone wrong by ill-trained staff at ITC Maurya Salon in the capital.

A bench of President Justice R.K. Agrawal and member S M Kantikar said: “There is no doubt that the women are very cautious and careful with regard to their hair. They spend a handsome amount on keeping the hair in good condition. They are also emotionally attached with their hair”.

The commission directed the ITC to pay Rs 2 crore to complainant Aashna Roy within eight weeks for deficiency in service under the Consumer Protection Act. “The Opposite Party No 2 is also guilty of medical negligence in hair treatment. Her scalp was burnt and still there is allergy and itching due to fault of the staff of Opposite Party No 2,” noted the commission, in its order of September 21.

Roy said she has undergone severe mental breakdown and lost self-esteem, and also refrained from social activities. “She is a communication professional and required to be involved in meeting and interactive sessions. But she lost her self-confidence due to little hair. She has also suffered loss of income due to mental breakdown after the shoddy haircut and thereafter the torturous hair treatment. She left her job also,” noted the bench.

The bench said Roy has been a model for hair products because of her long hair and she has done modelling for big brands. “But due to hair cutting against her instructions… she lost her expected assignments and suffered a huge loss which completely changed her lifestyle and shattered her dream to be a top model,” it added.

The commission said: “There is no doubt that realising the mistake done by its staff, the Opposite Party No 2 offered the free hair treatment to the complainant and complainant was not attended to for a gesture. Hence, we are of the considered view that the complainant is a consumer.”

The bench added that she was also working as senior management professional and earning a decent income. “She underwent severe mental breakdown and trauma due to negligence of the Opposite Party No 2 in cutting her hair and could not concentrate on her job and finally she lost her job,” it noted.

Roy, in her plea, submitted that she went to the salon, which she used to visit since 2004, on April 12, 2018, for “hairstyling to have a clean and groomed appearance before the interview panel”. However, the hairdresser, chopped off her entire hair leaving only 4 inches from the top and barely touching her shoulders – which she had not instructed.

She was again called on May 3, 2018, after complaining to the management, for hair treatment. However, during the treatment, her hair and scalp got completely damaged with excess ammonia and there was lot of irritation in the scalp.

Source: IANS

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Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal Campusutra.com  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

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Author Name : Nirmalya Pal


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