The video clip of current Mrs World snatching away the new beauty queen's crown on-stage has gone viral and is being shamed by people for showing such disgraceful behavior against another woman.
Bizarre footage from Mrs Sri Lanka contest shows Mrs World brutally yanking away Mrs Sri Lanka's crown. The video has now gone viral on social media.
The incident happened on Sunday, April 4, beauty queen Pushpika De Silva, 31, was crowned Mrs Sri Lanka 2020/2021 onstage at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Colombo, with the ceremony broadcast on national TV.
However, her happy moments were short-lived as the crown was on her head for only a few moments when the 2019 winner and current Mrs World, Caroline Jurie, brutally ripped it clean away, apparently causing her fellow pageant queen an injury.
Caroline, 29 told the baffled audience that she following the pageant rule that made it mandatory for contestants to be married and not divorced.
Stating that Pushpika was in fact a divorcée, Caroline declared: 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.
In disturbing footage, Caroline snatched the crown from Pushpika's head.
In a Facebook post written after the dramatic fall-out, Pushpika stated that she wasn’t divorced, and that the competition organisers had already been made aware that she was a single mother.
Living separately and being divorced are two completely separate things.
Pushpika went on to claim that she had to go to hospital with a head injury following the incident and that she will be taking legal action against Caroline.
Finally, I say a true queen is not a woman who snatches another woman’s crown, but a woman who secretly sets another woman’s crown!!
Speaking at a press conference the following day, Pushpika said:
There are a lot of single mums like me today who are suffering in Sri Lanka. This crown is dedicated to those women, those single mums who are suffering to raise their kids alone.
The organizers of the event have reportedly since apologized to Pushpika, and have confirmed that she is indeed the true winner of the pageant.
The national director of Mrs Sri Lanka World, Chandimal Jayasinghe, told BBC News that Pushpika’s crown will be returned to her:
We are disappointed. It was a disgrace how Caroline Jurie behaved on the stage and the Mrs World organisation has already begun an investigation on the matter.
It’s understood that Caroline has now been questioned by police over this decidedly less-than-regal attempted ousting.