Mrs Sri Lanka World 2019 Caroline Jurie is in trend on social media for taking off the crown from Mrs Sri Lanka World 2020 Pushpika De Silva and awarded it to the first runner-up in the beauty pageant.
Police in Sri Lanka has arrested the reigning Mrs World Caroline Jurie after she allegedly injured a fellow beauty queen in an on-stage bust-up.
Pushpika De Silva secured the “Mrs Sri Lanka” title in a televised ceremony on Sunday, where former winner Mrs Jurie was meant to crown her. But what caught everyone’s attention was that she pulled the crown off Mrs De Silva’s head, asserting she could not hold the title as she was divorced.
The winner later mentioned she is separated from her husband, 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 at the ceremony.
As seen in the incident video, she placed the crown on the runner-up, provoking a tearful Mrs De Silva to walk off stage.
Mrs De Silva, in her Facebook post, said she went to hospital to be treated for head injuries post the incident. “There are a lot of single mums like me today who are suffering in Sri Lanka,” she later mentioned at a press conference. “This crown is dedicated to those women, those single mums who are suffering to raise their kids alone.”
She also added that she would take legal feat for the “unreasonable and insulting” way she was treated.
Another Sri Lankan model involved in the scuffle has also been arrested.
“Police arrested Caroline Jurie and model Chula Padmendra over Sunday’s incident on charges of simple hurt and criminal cause,” police spokesman Ajith Rohana shared with the BBC.
Both Mrs Jurie and the chief controller of Mrs Sri Lanka pageant, Chandimal Jayasinghe, were probed by police on Tuesday.
Mrs De Silva has now been re-crowned, and the pageant’s organisers have mentioned that they believe Mrs Jurie would issue a public apology.
The Mrs Sri Lanka World beauty pageant is a major contest in the country with prominent personalities attending it, including the prime minister’s wife, who was among the guests at the ceremony.
About Caroline Jurie
Caroline Jurie is a model and winner of the Mrs Sri Lanka World 2019 title. She represented Sri Lanka at the Mrs World 2020 pageant in December 2019 at the grand finale in Las Vegas.
Caroline Jurie studied at the St. Sebastian Girls’ School in Kandana and worked as a sales executive at the Virgin Mega Store in Dubai.