Beauty queens face Muslim wrath

BBC, Aug. 12, 2002
Beauty queens face Muslim wrath

The Nigerian authorities hosting the Miss World pageant have warned contestants to avoid areas of the country where Islamic Sharia law is practised.

Culture and Tourism Minister Boma Bromillow-Jack said organisers were advised to steer clear of the 12 Nigerian states that enforce Islamic law, after Muslim groups threatened to disrupt the contest.

The Miss World contest is to be held in the capital Abuja – which is not under Sharia law – on 30 November.

Muslim groups in Nigeria have declared the pageant immoral and vowed to prevent it from taking place, but no specific threats have been reported.

The groups are reported to be particularly upset by the swimsuit competition.

Under Sharia law, Muslim women who expose too much flesh can be flogged.

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