After protests from Muslim hardliners who objected to the dress codes for the participants of the pageant, the organizers have shifted he venue of2013 to Bali - a Hindu-majority island considered to be more liberal.
The inauguration of the 63rd edition of Miss World was with a Balinese "Kecak" dance - in this dance, the dancers sit in a circle and chant while throwing their hands in the air.
Nana Putra, an official from MNC media group, the local organizer which is also broadcasting Miss World, believes that the event would improve the image of Indonesia on the international stage.
Beauty pageants involve plenty of skin-shows events like swim-suit rounds and thousands of Islamic hardliners protested on the streets across the country during the past week.
The organizers had agreed to do away with the bikini round but that was not enough.
It was not just the radicals who were up in arms but criticism also came from the country's most prominent Muslim clerical body, rights groups, and even a minister of the government.
They have denounced the show as "smut and pornography" and have burnt the effigies of the organizers.
In order to ensure that there are no untoward incidents, a group of 100 policemen have been sent to maintain a watch and patrol the facilities of the pageant.
It may be recalled that last year, pop sensationwas forced to axe a concert following a series of protests, where radicals dubbed her "the devil," and had threatened to burn down the venue - they had criticized her for wearing the skimpiest of dresses like only "a bra and panties."
Source : nzherald.co.nz
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