Mrs World : What happened in Sri Lanka’s Mrs World competition: As crowd was beginning to applaud the crowning of Mrs World: Sri Lanka, a former title winner came on to the stage delegitimising the choice of the jury and the victory of the title winner, Pushpika de-Silva. Following the ex-title winner Carolina Jurie’s accusation, the crown was shifted to the first runner-up for a short while on stage.
What happened on stage that night of Mrs World: Sri Lanka 2021?
Like Miss World or Miss Universe and other well-known global beauty pageant competitions, Mrs World is a global beauty pageant tournament as well, especially for married women only. The tournament is conducted annually by a California-based company where winners of national tournaments will come forward to participate in a global tournament.
Carolina Jurie was one such title winner of Mrs World from 2019. While on the moments the winner was declared, Jurie came up to the stage and questioned the marital status of Pushpika de-Silva that she is allegedly divorced from her husband. As per the rules of the tournament, participants and title winners have to be strictly married.
Carolina Jurie said “As for the Mrs. World Inc., there’s a rule that you’ll have to be married, and not divorced. So, I’m taking my first step saying that the crown goes to the first runner-up.” But it was later confirmed that de-Silva was just separated from her husband and not divorced yet, making her eligible for the title still.
Puspika de-Silva was allegedly hurt and has been sent to the hospital. She said that she was hurt by what happened on stage at Nelum Pokuna Theatre. She decried over the actions of Jurie, saying that true queens do not snatch crowns of other queens and she has forgiven those were involved. Mrs World Inc also reviewed the situation and issued statement.
“We are deeply disturbed and sincerely regret the behavior of our current title holder, Mrs. Caroline Jurie, Mrs. World 2020, at the crowning,” the statement said, adding the director of the Mrs. Sri Lanka pageant will be asking Jurie to apologize, the statement read. But Carolina Jurie has not come up with any public apologies until now.
Arrest of Carolina Jurie:
Colombo Police on Thursday have come up to arrest the former title winner Carolina Jurie and her associate Chula Manamendra over charges of assault on the title winner and causing damage to sets of Nelum Pokuna Theatre, said senior police official of Colombo Police Ajith Rohana.
Pushpika de-Silva expected Jurie to come up with a public apology, but Jurie did not. Pushpika also said that she wished to settle the issues with Jurie personally outside the legal framework, but there was no co-operation from her side. She says, that she can forgive but not forget the embarrassment caused to her on stage.
Police have appointed for a court hearing on April 19th. Chandimal Jayasinghe, a local franchise holder, said that they were deeply disturbed by what happened on stage that night. He asked Carolina Jurie to pay for the damage caused to the properties of Nelum Pokuna Theatre’s backstage rooms and sets.
The on-stage drama between the ladies had resulted in the show extending for at least two more hours and paying at least 5 lakh rupees to the management. It has to be noted that the program was attended by Shiranthi Rajapaksa, wife of Sri Lanka PM Mahintha Rajapaksa.