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Way cleared for women as make – up artists by the Apex Court

Way cleared for women as make – up artists by the Apex Court

Hearing a petition filed by Charu Khurana and other women make – up artists, the Supreme Court has put an end to a 59 – year old tradition that bars women from becoming make – up artists in the Indian Film Industry. As per this tradition, only men were allowed to wield the brush while women could be hairdressers only.

While issuing this order for Bollywood, the Bench said that this would also be applicable to unions that have film industry like in Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad. Holding that harassment of women is “unconscionable, unacceptable and untenable,” the bench also directed the police to ensure they are not harassed as they seek to procure their membership cards.

Further, the court said, “It is scuttling drive in an individual to achieve excellence in his or her field of work. Such a limitation is unacceptable. We have no hesitation in saying that it is a discrimination between men and women without any reasonable or rational criteria but solely on gender basis.”

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