Ms Sri Lanka winner has ‘head injury’ after previous victor removes her crown on the podium and claims her rival cannot win the election because she is divorced
- Pushpika De Silva presented the title during the ceremony in a theater in Colombo
- But fellow competitor Caroline Jurie, who won in 2019, took the crown from her
- Event organizer since confirmed Ms. De Silva has not been divorced and has returned the crown
Ms Sri Lanka’s winner suffered a ‘head injury’ after a rival grabbed her crown and claimed she should not have won the election because she is divorced.
Beauty Queen Pushpika De Silva received the 2020/2021 title at the ceremony at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theater, Colombo, which was also broadcast on national TV on Sunday.
But fellow competitor Caroline Jurie, who won the crown in 2019, snatched the crown from her head during the bizarre incident on stage.
The award has since been returned to Ms De Silva after the event organizers confirmed that she is not a divorcee.
Beauty Queen Pushpika De Silva received the title at the ceremony at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theater, Colombo, on Sunday before the crown was torn from her head
In stunning footage, Ms. Jurie can be seen holding a microphone as she tells the audience, ‘There is a rule that prevents women who are already married and divorced, so I am taking steps to take the crown to second place. to go. . ‘
She then strides over Mrs. De Silva already wearing her crown and sash with a bouquet of flowers in her hand.
Mrs. Jurie reaches for the golden crown that seems to get stuck in Mrs. De Silva’s hair.
It finally gets ripped off and Mrs. Jurie places it on the head of the number two, prompting a tearful Mrs. De Silva to walk off stage.
The organizers have apologized to Mrs. De Silva, who won Miss Sri Lanka World in 2011 and has since recovered her title.
Contender Caroline Jurie, who won the crown in 2019, snatched her the crown in the bizarre encounter on stage
Mrs. Jurie then placed the crown on the number two’s head, prompting a tearful Mrs. De Silva to walk off the stage.
Ms De Silva, who says she is divorced but not divorced, posted a short time later on her official Facebook page to challenge Ms Jurie’s actions.
“Living separately and being separated are two completely different things,” she wrote.
She also claimed she went to the hospital after the incident to be treated for head injuries and said so she would take legal action for the “unreasonable and insulting” way she was treated.
Ms. De Silva continues: ‘I am still an undivided woman. A true queen is not a woman who takes another woman’s crown, but a woman who secretly puts another woman’s crown! ‘
Chandimal Jayasinghe, the national director of Ms Sri Lanka World, told the BBC: ‘We are disappointed.
“It was a shame how Caroline Jurie behaved onstage and Ms. World’s organization has already begun an investigation into the matter.”