The incident was captured on a televised broadcast of the ceremony, which confirmed reigning Mrs. World Caroline Jurie eradicating Pushpika De Silva’s crown from her head
Pushpika De Silva, a pageant queen who gained the title of “Mrs. Sri Lanka” on Sunday, says she was injured after her crown was forcefully faraway from her head onstage by a former winner.
The incident was captured on a televised broadcast of the ceremony, which confirmed De Silva being named the 2020 winner of Mrs. Sri Lanka earlier than her crown was taken by Caroline Jurie, who gained the pageant in 2019 and is at the moment the reigning Mrs. World.
In a video of the crowning ceremony revealed by the Colombo Gazette, Jurie cites a pageant rule that forestalls ladies who’ve been divorced from profitable the title.
“There is a rule that you have to be married and not divorced, so I am taking my first steps in saying that the crown goes to the first runner-up,” Jurie tells the viewers.
She then takes the crown from the winner’s head and locations it on runner-up, prompting De Silva to stroll offstage, the video reveals.
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In a Facebook publish shared on Monday, De Silva mentioned she suffered “injuries to my skull” when Jurie “snatched” her crown.
“As I write this, I responsibly say that I am not a divorced woman,” she wrote in a press release translated from Sinhala. “If I am divorced, I challenge them to submit my divorce papers.”
“So, even though that symbolic crown has been snatched from my head, I would like to inform you that I have already taken the necessary legal action for the injustice and insult that has taken place,” De Silva continued, including that “a real queen is not a woman who snatches another woman’s crown, but a woman who secretly sets the other woman’s crown!!”
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Chandimal Jayasinghe, the nationwide director of Mrs. Sri Lanka World, informed the BBC that De Silva’s crown shall be returned to her.
“We are disappointed,” he mentioned, including: “It was a disgrace how Caroline Jurie behaved on the stage and the Mrs. World organization has already begun an investigation on the matter.”
In a press release posted to her Facebook on Tuesday, De Silva thanked pageant officers for his or her assist following the incident.
“I do not hate anyone and I forgive those who do so to me at that moment,” she wrote in Sinhala. “Nothing can be won by hatred.”