Indonesia Miss Universe Pageants Complains About “topless body checks” On Them!!
Written by Famitha mohamed Published on Aug 09, 2023 | 20:21 PM IST | 285
Indonesia Pageants Allegations of Topless Body Checks Emerge in Miss Universe Indonesia Pageant
In a shocking turn of events, six contestants of the Miss Universe Indonesia pageant have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against the organizers. The contestants have accused the pageant organizers of subjecting them to intrusive “topless body checks,” sparking outrage and concerns over the treatment of women in beauty pageants. The incident occurred during the pageant held in Jakarta, aimed at selecting Indonesia’s representative for the prestigious annual Miss Universe competition, scheduled to take place in El Salvador later this year.
The disturbing allegations revolve around claims that five contestants were instructed to strip down to their underwear for physical examinations in a room filled with more than 20 individuals, including men. Shockingly, these contestants were then reportedly photographed topless during these examinations. Mellisa Anggraeni, the lawyer representing the contestants, has vehemently denounced these actions, stating that there was no justification for such invasive checks.
One of the brave complainants, whose identity was concealed by blurring her face during a press conference broadcast on Kompas TV, spoke out about her traumatic experience. She revealed that she was asked to pose inappropriately, even being instructed to open her legs. The contestant described feeling violated, confused, and deeply uncomfortable during this distressing ordeal. These allegations have cast a dark shadow over the pageant and have prompted widespread condemnation.
Efforts to contact the company behind the Miss Universe Indonesia pageant, PT Capella Swastika Karya, and its founder, Poppy Capella, through social media channels have proven futile, as they have not responded to media inquiries. Moreover, the Miss Universe Organization, which was purchased by Thai celebrity media tycoon and transgender rights advocate Jakapong “Anne” Jakrajutatip for $20 million the previous year, has yet to provide a statement in response to the allegations.
The Indonesian police have confirmed that they have received a formal report from the contestants and have pledged to launch a thorough investigation into the matter. Trunoyudo Wisnu Andiko, a spokesperson for the Jakarta police, announced that the authorities will diligently look into the allegations and ensure that justice is served.
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Indonesia, as the world’s most populous Muslim country, has witnessed clashes between conservative religious groups and beauty pageants in the past. The country’s diverse cultural landscape and religious beliefs have occasionally led to conflicts over the portrayal of women in such events.
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The allegations also underscore broader issues within the beauty pageant industry, highlighting concerns about the objectification and mistreatment of participants. The Miss Universe Organization, with its long history dating back to 1952 and past ownership by Donald Trump, has faced scrutiny over its treatment of contestants in the past. This incident further emphasizes the need for greater accountability and ethical guidelines within the pageant world.
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As the investigation unfolds, there is hope that justice will prevail and that the voices of these courageous contestants will bring about meaningful change. The emergence of these allegations serves as a stark reminder that the treatment of women in beauty pageants must align with principles of respect, dignity, and empowerment. The global community watches closely as authorities delve into the matter, hoping for a fair and just resolution that will prevent such incidents from tarnishing the integrity of future pageants and ensuring the well-being of all participants.Six Miss Universe Indonesia contestants in Jakarta lodged police complaints, alleging sexual harassment by organizers during “topless body checks.” The pageant aimed to choose Indonesia’s representative for the Miss Universe competition in El Salvador. The contestants claimed invasive examinations were unnecessary and uncomfortable, raising concerns over participant treatment and ethical standards.
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