Manushi Chillar's Miss World crown shows success of Beti Bachao: Haryana minister

Manushi Chhillar winning the Miss World 2017 title last night and ending India's 17-year wait for the crown to come back saw laudatory messages pouring in from several quarters.

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar to former world pageant winners Priyanka Chopra and Sushmita Sen, congratulatory messages for the 20-year-old girl flowed in all night, making #MissWorld2017 and #ManushiChhillar the two top trends in India (as of writing this report).

Among those who extolled the student of medicine's Miss World victory was her Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kavita Jain, who is also the Women & Child Development Minister of Harayana, the state Manushi hails from.

"Manushi Chhillar's victory will help boost the self-confidence of several girls," read a release posted on the minister's official Facebook page. Calling Manushi the "daughter of Haryana", Jain added she has made not just the state but the entire country proud.

"Manushi's victory shows that the 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaign is moving forward in the right direction," Jain said, referring to the central government's flagship scheme to provide better services for girls in the country.

Manushi, an MBBS student at the Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat, was crowned by Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle at a glittering ceremony at the Sanya City Arena in China.

During the question round of the beauty pageant, the Haryana girl was asked what profession she thought deserved the highest salary. Her response, which led her to winning the Miss World 2017 crown, was: "A mother deserves the highest respect. It's not always about cash but also the love and respect that we give to someone. My mother has been a huge inspiration to me. I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the biggest salary."

With her victory, Manushi became the sixth Indian woman to win the Miss World title. Her win came 17 years after Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra was crowned Miss World by the previous winner, Yukta Mookhey, also an Indian.

Other Indian winners of the international beauty pageant include Diana Hayden (1997), Aishwarya Rai (1994) and Reita Faria (1966).