The organisers of the beauty pageant, Miss Nepal, have had to cancel it because of concerns about safety. There had been opposition to the event from the women’s wing of the ruling Maoist party. They say Miss Nepal discriminates against certain ethnic groups as well as shorter and darker-skinned women.
The organisers said the contest which should have gone ahead in Kathmandu on Saturday was open to all. The aspiring beauty queens are said to be very unhappy and disappointed about the pageant being cancelled for the sixth time this year.