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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pageant Concludes Without Violence

BANGALORE, India -- With the crowning of a Greek model as Miss World, contestants in the controversial pageant prepared Sunday to depart and police expressed relief that militant feminists did not carry out self-immolation protests.

Police said Monday that they had released most of the more than 1,500 demonstrators who had been detained as a precaution before Saturday night's finale of the pageant, which had drawn protests for two months from opponents who said it demeaned women and Indian culture.

There were no mass suicides as threatened by militant pageant protesters. The woman who said she could make them happen -- Kinay Narayana Shashikala, leader of Mahila Jagran Samiti (Forum for Awakening Women) -- was nowhere to be seen.

Irene Skliva, a hazel-eyed, 18-year-old professional model from Greece, was crowned Miss World in the glittering, heavily guarded finale, viewed by a worldwide television audience of 2 billion.