Gender discrimination exists in the tinsel world and affects rights of women from being treated as equals at work, the Supreme Court said in an order on Friday.

Taking a serious view of “classification on the basis of gender” faced by make-up artists in the film world, a Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and V. Gopala Gowda directed the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to file a detailed report within a month on steps taken by it to protect women working in the field.

The court passed the order on a petition filed by Charu Khurana and eight other women make-up artists banned from working on a professional basis in the industry “as it would spoil the chances of men” in the same field.

She was refused membership in any of the regional federations, including the Cine Costume and Make-up Artist Association (Mumbai), the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) and their affiliated make-up artist unions.

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