Miss World Bangladesh embroiled in controversy

Staff Correspondent | Published: 20:49, Oct 02,2017


Jannatul Nayeem

The beauty pageant was supposed to find the woman who would represent Bangladesh in the upcoming Miss World 2017 in China on November 18. However, it ended being an event embroiled in a hefty dose of controversy.

Lovello Miss World Bangladesh 2017 wrapped up on Friday at International Convention City, Bashundhara with Jannatul Nayeem crowed as the winner of the contest, organised by Antar Showbiz and Omicon Entertainment.

Following the announcement, it was reported in the media that Jannatul was not the choice of the judges, who had allegedly picked Jessia Islam, first runner-up of the contest, as the winner. Later, rumours about Jannatul’s marital status ran rife saying that Jannatul was not a ‘Miss’ but a ‘Mrs’.

On Monday, a youtube clip and photos, showing Jannatul dressed as a bride during her marriage to a Chittagong businessman some four years ago, surfaced in the media.

It was reported that, according to the locals of Jannatul’s village in Chittagong's Chandanaish upazila, she passed secondary school certificate exams in 2013 and got married to the businessman, Mohammad Monzur Uddin. But the marriage did not last more than two and a half months and the couple parted on June 11, 2013.

Speaking to the media, Jannatul claimed that she never got married but was engaged. She later called off the engagement as she was only 16 years old.

Earlier, one of the organisers of the event Antar Showbiz chairperson Swapan Chowdhury told the media that both the participants’ name started with Jannatul, which probably created confusion regarding the winner of Miss World Bangladesh on Friday and that the announcer Sheena Chohan handled everything perfectly except the main announcement.

The news of a ‘Mrs’ being announced as Miss World Bangladesh has given rise to fresh controversy surrounding Friday’s Lovello Miss World Bangladesh 2017.

The first and foremost criterion to participate in the contest is that one has to be unmarried. 

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