Bhubaneswar: A contestant who participated
unsuccessfully in a Miss Universe India Pageant in Mumbai last
month, today moved the State Commission for Women (SCW)
alleging bias in the selection.
"I have accepted Ipsita`s complaint. I will take up the
matter with the National Commission for Women and Maharastra
Commission for Women," Orissa`s SCW chairperson Jyoti
Panigrahi told newsmen.
The contestant, 19-year-old Ipsita Pati, lodged a
written complaint with the SCW.
Pati, who was Miss South India 2008, had lodged a
complaint with the Mahila Police Station against the
organisers of the pageant yesterday.
The complaint was referred to the Maharastra Police for
investigation today, Mahila Police Station Inspector Iti Dash
In her complaint to the police, she had alleged the top
five winners were selected in a partisan manner and she was
dropped because she had raised objections.