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Beauty runs into home backlash

Jakarta, July 25 (Reuters): - A militant Islamic group has filed a police report against Indonesia’s Miss Universe candidate, accusing her of indecency, a lawyer for the organisation said on Tuesday.

Nadine Chandrawinata’s (in picture) participation in the contest and display of her body in a swimsuit there “is actually insulting for Indonesian dignity and women”, Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attorney Sugito told Reuters.

Chandrawinata did not make it to the finals of the Sunday competition in Los Angeles, which was won by Miss Puerto Rico, but she had drawn heavy media coverage in Indonesia, partly because of her mixed Indonesian-German parentage and Eurasian looks.

Sugito said FPI had also filed complaints against four people involved in sponsoring and organising Chandrawinata’s participation. “I am worried that Nadine is only victim of their ambition,” he said.

Under Indonesian law, police would have to investigate whether there was sufficient evidence for a case under the complaint, and if so, turn their findings over to prosecutors for a decision on whether it merited going to court.

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