Controversy Surrounds Miss Universe Indonesia Selection Process
New Delhi: Disturbing news emerges from Indonesia, where allegations have surfaced against the organizers of the Miss Universe Indonesia competition. Six participants have accused the organizers of requiring them to go topless during the selection process for the competition’s winner. The victims have come forward collectively, lodging a formal complaint with both the Police and the Federal Investigation Agency. Law enforcement authorities indicate the presence of significant evidence related to the incident, and investigations are proceeding rapidly.
"Tidak hanya melihat, tetapi (juri) juga memegang area-area pribadi seperti yang saya alami sendiri" kata korban.
Kasus pelecehan yg dialami kontestan Miss Universe Indonesia 2023 terjadi pada 1 Agustus 2023 di Ballrom terbuka yg terdapat CCTV di tiap sisi, Ballroom hanya diberi… pic.twitter.com/4mtCtycU0s
— Mazzini (@mazzini_gsp) August 8, 2023
“The jury not only observed, but also inappropriately touched us as if it were a natural action,” stated one of the victims.
Questionable Incident at Miss Universe Indonesia 2023 Selections
The incident in question took place on August 1, 2023, during the selection process for contestants of Miss Universe Indonesia 2023. The selections were conducted in an open ballroom in Jakarta, equipped with CCTV cameras on each side. Participants were led to believe that the event was under surveillance. In a shocking revelation, the six participants disclosed that they were separated from the group and instructed to disrobe in front of an audience of 20 individuals. Photos and videos were taken of them in this compromised situation.
It is alleged that the organizers deceived the participants by claiming the requirement for a mandatory body checkup in preparation for the final round. Under this pretense, the participants were coerced into going topless, and incriminating videos were surreptitiously recorded. The gravity of the situation has ignited a significant political uproar within Indonesia.
Indonesia’s Context and Response
Indonesia, with a population of approximately 280 million, ranks as the fourth most populous country globally. Notably, it is also home to the world’s largest Muslim population. The nation has witnessed persistent opposition against beauty pageants for an extended period. As this controversy gains public attention, widespread indignation is palpable.
As inquiries were made into the matter, the organizers remained conspicuously silent, offering no official response. Neither the organizing company nor any of its representatives deemed it necessary to address this issue of paramount importance. However, emerging reports suggest that the organization has finally commenced a necessary investigation into the allegations.
Disclaimer: The provided information is based on available sources, and the investigation is ongoing.