Miss World Bangladesh embroiled in controversy

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:46, 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 crowned 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 the announcer Sheena Chohan handled everything perfectly except the main announcement of naming the winner.
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. If Jannatul took part in the beauty pageant hiding her marital status, does it make her eligible for the contest in the first place and if not then who will represent Bangladesh in the upcoming Miss World 2017 in China?

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