‘Mrs Sri Lanka’ leaves stage in tears after previous winner carries off her crown, calls her ‘divorcee’
On Sunday, Beauty queen Pushpika De Silva won the “Mrs. Sri Lanka” title in a televised ceremony. Moments later, the 2019 winner grabs Mrs. De Silva’s crown, claiming she could not be awarded the prize because she was divorced.
The crown has now been returned to Mrs. De Silva after pageant coordinators confirmed that she is not a divorcee. Judges named Mrs. De Silva the 2021 winner at the Mrs. Sri Lanka final in a theatre in Colombo on Sunday night.
But the 2019 winner, Caroline Jurie, dispossess Mrs. De Silva of her crown, citing a pageant rule that competitors must be married and not divorced.
“There is a rule that prevents women who have already been married and are divorced, so I am taking steps to make the crown go to second place,” Mrs. Jurie told the audience. She placed the crown on the first runner-ups head, prompting a tearful Mrs. De Silva to walk off stage.
Police in Sri Lanka have arrested the predominant Mrs. World Caroline Jurie after she allegedly injured a fellow beauty queen in an on-stage bust-up. Another Sri Lankan model involved in the fracas was also arrested.
In her latest Facebook post, Mrs silva said she went to the hospital to be treated for head injuries after the incident. “There are a lot of single mums like me today who are suffering in Sri Lanka,” she later told a press conference. “This crown is dedicated to those women, those single mums who are suffering to raise their kids alone.” She added that she would take legal action for the “unreasonable and insulting” way she was treated.
“Police arrested Caroline Jurie and model Chula Padmendra over Sunday’s incident on charges of simple hurt and criminal cause,” police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.
Mrs. De Silva has now been re-crowned, and the pageant’s organizers have said they expect Mrs. Jurie to issue a public apology.