Mumbai (Maharashtra): Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar is a beauty with a cause who, while speaking to ANI, addressed a number of social issues plaguing our nation- from Triple Talaq to sexual assault.
Chhillar's stand on the now unconstitutional practice of Triple Talaq is clear- that one person should not have more ownership over the marriage.
"Marriage is a very special friendship between two people and one person should not be given more ownership over that relationship," Chhillar told ANI in an exclusive interview.
The Miss World also spoke on the cases of sexual assault on minor girls across the country, and urged all to protect children and ensure a normal childhood for them.
"If you talk about sexual assaults on small girls, I think it is very important for us to give protection to our children, because if you empower a child you empower the nation. And, if children are given security, then they can do wonders in their life. Every child has a right to grow and have a normal childhood," she said.
Apart from taking steps like legislation, awareness, and sensitisation for curbing sexual assault cases in the country, Chhillar also called for a change at the grass root level, by teaching children to respect women at homes itself.
"Most important is education, not only in school but also at home. When you learn to respect a woman at home, you will learn to respect a woman in the society," she said.
Although Chhillar reiterated her stand about not entering Bollywood at present, she did not completely dismiss the idea for future consideration.
"Acting is a very interesting field. I have been into theatre but as of now it's not something I really really want to do but it does sound fun and may be if I can do it along with my education, I might," said Chhillar.
Miss World is at present on a mission to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene, and is extensively travelling under the campaign.
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Chhillar's win at the beauty pageant comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra won the crown in 2000.
She was crowned the new queen by Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena in China on November 18.