Holding that harassment of women in the 21st century is "inconceivable and impermissible", the apex court struck down the provision putting restriction on women make-up artists and hair dressers in the film industry.
A bench of justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit also held as unconstitutional a provision that makes mandatory to have a five year domicile of Maharashtra for becoming a registered make-up artist and hair-dresser in Bollywood.
It said that there is no "rationality' in such kind of discrimination and directed the Cine Costume and Make-up Artist Association (Mumbai) to delete the provisions within 10 days.
The court passed the order on a PIL filed by one Charu Khurana and other women make-up artists who alleged that female artists are not allowed to be a member of the association and one cannot work in the industry without being registered with the association.
"As per the by-laws of all these unions and federations, make-up artists, hair dressers, etc, are required to register themselves with their respective union like the Cine Costume and Make-up Artist and Hair Dresser Association (CCMAA).
"Only a member of these associations is allowed to work as a make-up artist in the production unit in the cine industry. These federations and affiliated unions ensure that no non-member works in the production unit," she had contended.
She submitted that such provisions are wholly discriminatory practice depriving female make-up artists of their fundamental rights to work and earn their livelihood guaranteed by the Constitution. Khurana qualified from the Cinema Make-up School, California, but her application for membership was rejected by the CCMAA in 2009 because she is a woman.