India court says ban on female make-up artists illegal
India's Supreme Court has said that a 59-year-old union ban on female make-up artists in the country's film industry is illegal and must be lifted.
Two judges said the gender discrimination was unconstitutional. A powerful trade union has long argued that men needed the jobs.
Women may work as hair-stylists on film sets but any who have tried to do make-up were threatened or even assaulted.
India has one of the world's biggest movie and TV entertainment industries.
Nine women petitioned the Supreme Court in January 2013. On Monday, judges said the film set ban was "constitutionally impermissible discrimination".
"How can this discrimination continue? We will not permit this. It cannot be allowed under our constitution. Why should only a male artist be allowed to put make-up?" Justices Dipak Misra and UU Lalit were quoted as saying in the Indian Express newspaper.
"We don't see a reason to prohibit a woman from becoming a make-up artist if she is qualified."