Kathmandu: After waging a battle to abolish the throne, Nepal's Maoists are now fighting to scrap the crown of beauty as well. //However this crown is not hereditary and belongs to the commoner, earned after grueling competition.
Sitashma Chand, 23-year-old sales executive came, she was seen by thousands, and she conquered the crown. She bagged the best deal in her career by lifting the Miss Nepal 2007 crown.
She won over 18 other finalists as well as scores of Maoists, rights activists and feminists, who kept up stiff resistance outside the pageant venue, trying to stop it.
"I respect the opinion of all the women who are protesting against the pageant," Chand said after lifting the title Saturday, with a smile that however showed the iron under it.
"However, all the participants here are above 18. So the protesters should also respect our right to form our own opinion."
The five-seven-and-a-half leggy beauty won the contest due to her quick wit.
Asked during one of the preliminary rounds, which role she considered the most important - a mother's, wife's or daughter's - her immediate answer was a daughter's.
"I am a daughter and I can make my parents proud. So it's the most important role for me," she said.
What clinched the crown for her was her answer at the final round when she was asked whether traditions should be followed or changed.
Chand rooted for some amendments. "Sacrificing animals in the name of god is not what god asks for," she said.
Animal sacrifices form a key component of religious festivals. The slaughter of animals and birds in temples during Dashain, Nepal's biggest festival, similar to India's Dussehra, often shocks foreigners with the pools of blood and severed heads and entrails of sacrificed animals littering places of worship.
Chand's victory is especially sweet coming after a harrowing time as the women's wing of the MaoisPage: 1 2 3 4 Related medicine news :1
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