Seminar on Beauty Contests in the state.

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Manipur, IMPHAL, February 3: A one day seminar on “Shak-henbi Changdamnabagi Ihou/Ichel da Khunai sigi Meetyeng” was held today at Manipur Press Club jointly organized by Apunba Manipur Kanba Lup (AMKIL); Ching-Tam United Women`s Association (CHITUWA); Kangleipak Lamjing Apunba Meiralup (KANGLAMEI);  Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba Manipur (PLMPAM) and Women Association for Civic Action Kangleipak (WACAK). The theme loosely translated would mean `Societal response to the culture of beauty contests`.

Contestants posing for a group picture during the Miss Manipur contestant screening test at the Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen on Wednesday
Contestants posing for a group picture during the Miss Manipur contestant screening test at the Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen on Wednesday. From our archives

 

Dr Dhanabir Laishram, said that it is not right to completely ban beauty contests but instead it should be organized by assigning a dress code.

Validating this call, Dr Ch Shilaramani, Associate Professor, DM College of Arts said that beauty contest should be organized in the state after a dress code is decided by conducting a conference of hill and valley peoples.

Dr N Pramodini, Director Women Study Centre, MU pointed out that girls taking part in various beauty contests are used as commodities.

Film Maker Ningthouja Lancha meanwhile said that beauty contests are being organized by a particular company for the marketing purpose of its products like garments, cosmetic etc. and also in some countries it is organized for such like purposes of promoting something, but that it serves no purpose whatsoever in Manipur.

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