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Talent Galore at the Auditions of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 Beauty Pageant

The pageant aims to provide all women with equal opportunity to showcase their potential, and discover and improve their expertise and talent.

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The jury of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017
The jury of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017

Kanpur, September 26, 2017 : Every beauty queen has a story to tell – stories of competition, confidence, and growth. Stories of belief, persistence, and victory. A story talking about her success and taking home the crown. But what is truly intriguing is to hear such success stories from married women in India, who dare to take a shot at fulfilling their dreams even after the society tells them otherwise. And this is the essence behind the competition, ‘Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017’.

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A unique beauty pageant currently taking roots in one of India’s largest states, Uttar Pradesh, Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 is a pathway to the Mrs. UP beauty pageant that witnesses participants from all across the country.

Currently in its first phase, the audition and elimination round of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 was organized on September 19 that saw participation from over 56 women, out of which the best 12 participants have been shortlisted for the second round.

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Participants at the Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 competition.

The jury for the audition round included Mrs. Aditi Shukla, President, Inner wheel Club & Owner of Canpore Girls P.Ltd, Mrs Jaya Srivastava, noted singer and lyricist, who is also the Director of SUR TALL SANGAM and Dr. Ira Tripathi (P.hD) Clinical Psychologist & Counselor. Also in the panel were Mr. Sachin Mishra, director of Online Services P.Ltd. and Ms. Rashmi Dharampal Singh Bhadauria, director of A2Z Brand Communication Group.

The participants were judged on a variety of parameters that evaluated their confidence, wit, talent, presence of mind and also closely looked upon their personal achievements.

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Women from different age groups and backgrounds were part of the auditions of Radiant Mrs Kanpur 2017

A second phase of auditions and elimination has also been scheduled wherein the judges will shortlist six more participants to compete for the title of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017, to be held on October 14.

Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 aims to not only bring spotlight where it is due- on the married women who successfully manage work and personal life, but the competition also lends support to acid attack survivors and the transgender community of the Indian society who have chosen to not let circumstances hold them back.

The pageant aims to provide all women with equal opportunity to showcase their potential, and discover and improve their expertise and talent.

Jury, Radiant Mrs Kanpur 2017
Jury, Radiant Mrs Kanpur 2017

Thus, several acid attack survivors and transwomen also participated in the auditions, who took to the ramp to showcase their confidence and strength, thereby challenging the society’s trivial perception of beauty.

Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 aims to bring together married women from all walks of life, to compete for the crown. The winner of the competition will also get an opportunity to participate in the upcoming Mrs. UP competition.

 

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Celebrating Womanhood : Kanpur Gears up to Hold the ‘Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017’ Beauty Pageant | Upcoming Events

Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 aims to not only empower married women, but also lend support to acid attack survivors and felicitate the Indian transgender community.

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Radiance Mrs. Kanpur 2017
Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 aims to empower women and assist them to develop the confidence they need to achieve their personal best

Kanpur, September 15, 2017 : The struggle for wider acceptance and visibility by married women in a tradition-bound Indian society has a long history. However, a wider understanding is that women must be encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and encouraged to define what it means to be ‘Confidently beautiful’. To further these efforts, the Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 beauty pageant is being organized to bring spotlight where it is due- on the women of our society.

A pathway to the Mrs. UP beauty pageant that witnesses participants from across the country, Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 is a unique fusion of Indian fashion and beauty, inspired by a touch of professionalism and passion. A press conference was organized on August 19 ahead of the event.

The event saw active participation from the media and the public alike, wherein details of the upcoming event were revealed. The press conference was attended by Mrs. Jaya Srivastava, singer & DD Artist, Ms.U.P. 2017 Aashi Bagga along with makeup artist and stylist Mrs. Vinita and Mrs. Zara and Directors of the A2Z Brand Communication Group, Rashmi Singh Bhadauria and Akhilesh Khare. Also present at the press conference was Mrs Kavita, an acid attack survivor who has not only fought but also defied the society and now functions as a strong, independent individual.

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The team at the press conference

Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017, to be held on October 14, aims to not only empower married women, but also lend support to acid attack survivors and felicitate the transgender community who are often made to feel ‘different’ in the Indian society. The beauty pageant aims to offer hope and establish itself as a symbol of change.

In this distinctive competition, married (or previously married) women will compete for the coveted title of ‘Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017’. The contestants will be judged on a variety of parameters like their walk, confidence, and talent.

The winner of the competition will also get an opportunity to participate in the Mrs. UP competition.

A confident woman possesses the ability to make real changes in the world, which begin at her home and the local community, and hold the potential to reach global stature. Upholding the same spirit, Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 aims to empower women and assist them to develop the confidence they need to achieve their personal best.

 

Competition Details for Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017

  • Audition and Elimination round : September 19, 2017
  • Competition Finale October 14, 2017
  • Audition Round will be held at The Tree House Cafe, Kanpur
  • Finale will be held at Hotel S.B Castle, Kanpur

 


 

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Exclusive: India’s First Trans Queen Winner Nitasha Biswas Has a Message for the World

Nitasha Biswas will be contesting Miss Trans Queen International pageant in Thailand next year

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Miss Trans Queen 2017 - Nitasha Biswas

Gurugram, September 07, 2017:  Beauty is not entitled to a particular gender; rather it is beyond the realms of sexuality. This year on Sept 03, India crowned its first ‘Miss Trans Queen 2017’-  Nitasha Biswas at a beauty pageant held in Gurugram (Gurgaon).

Reporter Naina Mishra of Newsgram brings you an exclusive interview with Nitasha Biswas where she speaks her heart out about the unfortunate fate of transgenders in the society. 

Miss Trans Queen 2017 India – Nitasha Biswas

The 26-year-old transwoman hails from Kolkata. From a tender age, Nitasha was aware of the gender dysphoria. She wanted to change her sexuality but at the same time pursue her basic education. Soon after completing her graduation, she flew to Delhi in the pursuit of her dreams.

Speaking to Newsgram, Nitasha says, “the journey started in childhood only when I was in school. I was firm that I would have to pave the way for this journey. My family was strict and had many restrictions back then, but I always knew that I have to complete my education.”

She lost her mother at the young age. Not succumbing to the circumstances, Nitasha self-nurtured herself to become what she is today.

Also Read: Nitasha Biswas: India Crowns its First Transqueen from Kolkata 

“My brother was the first person to acknowledge the changes and appreciated my will throughout the journey. I remember telling my father that if there is a will, there is a way to whatever you do.”

Questioning about the perception of society, Nitasha says: Transgenders have existed since the beginning of time. There can be different kinds of people – Tall, short, dark. But why not Transgender? You simply cannot stereotype based on the identity one carries. Everyone is born with a certain decorum in this world. The power doesn’t reside with us.

Before becoming a trans model, Nitasha has worked for Jabong as a stylist and was part of many other ventures.

Miss Trans Queen 2017 India – Nitasha Biswas

Dark sides are always going to exist, but it is equally important to shape your thoughts towards a positive direction and for Nitasha, it was celebrating womanhood.

She feels, “the coin has both sides, and the dark side is there but talking about the bright side holds value to me more. Everyone has a dark phase into their lives before they hail into a successful person.”

Transwomen are emerging out stronger than ever before. On the same lines, Nitasha questioned that why can’t transwomen be the Member of Parliament or the CEO of a Multi National Company. It is like limiting a person for where you come from and what you are.

Defining womanhood Nitasha says;

A woman is someone who is beautiful inside out. The calmness, serenity, strength, and audacity of embracing every role with perfection are something that defines a woman. 

Emphasizing the emotional sides of women, Nitasha said, I am a compassionate person, and I believe that for a woman, it is emotions which mould one into a beautiful lady.

While addressing the young women, Miss Trans Queen said:  

We all are on page 1 and no one is less. It’s time that we come forward to embrace our true selves and act for the betterment of tomorrow. 

After winning the title Nitasha’s life has changed. She says, “the crown is heavy but the heaviness of the crown comes to me as the responsibility. It’s the responsibility for the entire community to rise and shine. I am here to empower my community that we not less than anyone.”

To be a survivor is the best part of the whole journey. When I won the title, she said, I realized that the pain was worth going through. The prize overshadowed the sufferings of the past.

Nitasha aspires to be a Bollywood star in the near future. She will be contesting Miss Trans Queen International pageant in Thailand next year.

 


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What Gives Husbands The Licence to Rape? Decoding Marital Rape in the Indian Legal Scenario

Can there be two different definitions of rape? Can there be a differentiation between the rape of a married woman and the rape of an unmarried woman?

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While most of the developed world has penalized marital rape, surprisingly it is yet to be categorized as an offence in India. Pixabay
  • Cases of sexual violence, including rape, fall within the larger realm of domestic violence
  • Marital rape is yet to be categorized as a criminal offence in India
  • According to the central government, criminalizing marital rape “may destabilize the institution of marriage”

New Delhi, September 2, 2017 : Baby works as a domestic help; she says she cannot recall her age when her parents married her off to a man who was much older to her; a man she barely knew. She didn’t anticipate her husband would demand to have intercourse on their wedding night. She was still young and not ready, but that didn’t stop him. Baby was raped by her husband on her wedding night. But marital rape means nothing to her.

Sunita irons clothes for a living. She says has been married for more years than she can remember. The duo has four kids together, but that doesn’t stop her husband from raising a hand or two on her, every once in a while. Every night, her husband would get drunk, hit her and forcefully demand to have sex, paying no heed to her resistance. Sunita has three daughters, and a son, and the husband still wants to have progenies. “I told my mother that this man has raped me multiple times. She protested, arguing that he is ‘your husband’ after all,” she said.

But did she never decide to approach the authorities?

To this, Sunita promptly replied, “I once had a sore eye after he (the husband) hit me with his shoe when I refused to have sex. I went to the local hospital and then the police. I narrated the entire scene; they were very considerate, offered me water and then asked me to go home and ‘adjust’.”

Sunita is unaware of a term called ‘marital rape’.

This is the reality of a huge part of the society in real India.

Like Baby and Sunita, women who suffer such indignities are often asked to “adjust” with perpetrators of violence because of a deep –embedded fear of what the society would say. This notion of an ‘ideal woman’ impedes women to object to illicit treatment meted out by their ‘better halves’.

The debate around the issue has become ripe once again with the Central Government stating that what “may appear to be marital rape” to a wife “may not appear so to others”. In an affidavit to the Delhi High Court, the central government took a stand against criminalizing marital rape saying that it “may destabilize the institution of marriage” and also become easy tool for harass the husbands and the in-laws.

Rape v/s Marital Rape

Rape is defined in Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, but with an irregularity: “Sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape.”

While rape is addressed as perforation without a woman’s accord in its main clause, the only remedy to forced intercourse provided to ‘married’ woman is specified under Section 498-A of the IPC and the civil provisions of the Protection of Women from Domestiic Violence Act.

Following the horrific 2012 Nirbhaya rape case that brought the entire world to a standstill, the Indian media has given paramount coverage to instances of rape across the country. But even after 5 years of the gut-wrenching incident, there seems no end to this crime.

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Cases of sexual violence, including rape, fall within the larger realm of domestic violence. However, rape by husbands within holy matrimony continues to remain an obscure subject in India and the exact number of cases is hard to gauge.

According to a 2015 report by National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) tracing the proximity of offenders to the victims of sexual violence, it was revealed that in 95 per cent of all rapes, the offenders were familiar to the survivors. These, presumably include acquaintances, friends, relatives and colleagues.

And what about rape committed by husbands?

These cases continue to be an under-reported crime in India. This can be attributed to two major reasons,

  • Because of the stigma associated with it
  • Because of the presence of a defunct justice system

Furthermore, more often than not, these cases go missing because of several additional (and unnecessary) barriers stemming from a combination of familial and/or social power structures, shame and dependency.

Marital Rape In India

While most of the developed world has penalized marital rape, surprisingly it is yet to be categorized as an offence in India.

A United Nations’ report titled ‘Why do some men use violence against women and how can we prevent it?’ published in 2013 disclosed that nearly a quarter of 10,000 men  in Asia-Pacific region, including India, admitted to have indulged in the rape of a female partner. The report traced their rationale to a deep-embedded belief that they are entitled to sex despite the consent of their partners.

The study also revealed that the majority of these instances were not reported and the perpetrators faced no legal consequences.

In 2014, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in association with International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) brought out a report titled ‘Masculinity, Intimate Partner Violence and Son Preference in India’. Among other things, the report analyzed the average Indian male’s understanding and interpretation of the idea of ‘masculinity’ and how that molds their interactions with women.

Not surprisingly, the study revealed that a typical man in the Indian society associated the attributes ‘tough’, and ‘controlling’ with masculinity.

Segments of the present day Indian society continue to look at men as tough forces, who can (must) freely exercise their privilege to establish rule in personal relationships and above all, continue to control women.

Additionally, the study also revealed that 60 per cent of the Indian men disclosed the use of physical violence to establish authority.

In India, stiff patriarchal norms continue to tilt the gender balance firmly in the favor of men, as a result of which, women are forced to internalize male dominance in their lives.

Marital Rape in India : A Legal Perspective

Section 375 essentially distinguishes between two categories of women

  • Married women
  • Unmarried women

Much to the Indian society’s disappointment, the Indian legal system denies protection from rape to the married woman. This creates discrimination as the women belonging to one section are denied justice merely by virtue of being married.

But can there be two different definitions of rape? Can there be a differentiation between the rape of a married woman and the rape of an unmarried woman? Is it justified to discriminate a woman just because she is married to the man who has raped her?

The Debate Around Marital Rape In India

Despite the piquant situation, the issue raised furor when Minister of State for Home, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told the Parliament that the question of criminalizing marital rape in India has no relevance “as marriage is treated as sacred here.”

Does marriage being a sacrament provide one with the legal right to rape a woman?

South Asia director at Human Rights Watch Meenakshi Ganguly had retaliated saying that it is particularly concerning when a government that claims to secure the safety of women inside and outside national territory shamelessly turn to justify a crime in the name of culture and tradition.

Group director of social and economic development at the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) Priya Nanda asserted in an interview with a leading portal that “the reason men don’t want to criminalize marital rape is because they don’t want to give a woman the power to say no.”

In 2013, a three-member commission headed by Justice J.S. Verma suggested remedial measures to combat sexual violence in India, following the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case. One of its recommendations was the criminalization of marital rape.

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The recommendation was ignored by the government as a large amount of people questioned its efficiency saying if made a crime,

  • It might be misused by people
  • It will be difficult to prove
  • It might break up marriages

But, how fair is it to not have a law against marital rape, only because of the reason that it is ‘difficult to prove’?

In a broader understanding, it needs to be understood that the criminalization of marital rape must not be viewed as a step against men or the institution of matrimony, but as an attempt to demolish the patriarchal system that continues to clutch the Indian society.


 

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