An Oriya girl, who was a contestant of the recently concluded 'I Am She 2010 Miss Universe', on Wednesday, accused the promoters of the event of causing her "mental and physical torture".
Ipsita Pati (18) lodged a complaint in this regard at the Women's Police Station in Bhubaneswar against the organiser of the event, Tantra Entertainment Private Ltd and its promoter Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen.
"We have received Pati's FIR and started enquiry into the matter," said ACP Nihar Das.
Pati and her mother also met Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik seeking his intervention in the matter.
Out of a total 10,200 applicants, 60 were shortlisted for the contest, which concluded in May 28 in Mumbai. Out of that 30 were again shortlisted for the finals. Pati and another Oriya girl, Shreya Mishra, made it to the final list.
However, Pati said she was dropped from the list at the last moment for being "under-weight" and replaced by another girl from West Bengal. "They intentionally removed me from the final list," she alleged.
Pati accused Sen and other organizers of the pageant of partisan attitude in the selection process and said they kept her starving. "The diet prescribed by the dietician was horrible," Pati alleged in her FIR.
The 5'9" tall girl said that when she entered the competition on April 24, she weighed 53 kg. But her weight slipped to 45 kg as she was denied proper diet. "I suffered from weakness and was hospitalised. However, the promoters did not let me speak to my family members. It was not allowed during the grooming session. I was feeling miserable," Pati later told the media persons.
Originally from Ganjam district of Orissa, Pati's parents have made Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh their home. Pati had earlier won the Miss South India 2008 title.