Arrest made after Mrs Sri Lanka has crown ripped from head

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An arrest has been made after a beauty queen had her crown stripped from her head during bizarre scenes at the Sri Lanka Mrs World pageant in Colombo.

Pushpika De Silva was crowned 'Mrs Sri Lanka' at a ceremony broadcast on national TV on Sunday, however moments later the crown was removed by Mrs World 2020 and outgoing Mrs Sri Lanka, Caroline Jurie, who claimed the winner was not eligible.

Pushpika De Silva was crowned 'Mrs Sri Lanka'
Pushpika De Silva was crowned 'Mrs Sri Lanka' before having her crown forcefully removed. Photo: Youtube

"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 the runner up," Caroline told the stunned audience, before moving to remove the crown herself.

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The crown however gets stuck in Pushpika De Silva's hair with a second person seen coming in to help take it off, before the original winner is seen walking off stage and crying.

In a subsequent Facebook post, the woman robbed of her crown says she ended up having to go to hospital to be treated for head injuries after the incident due to "pain of my skull".

"This is a historical moment for me as a single woman, where women and men all over the world raise their voice behind party, colour, religion, caste and division," she wrote, calling the incident an "injustice and insult".

"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!!" she added.

Mrs World 2020 and outgoing Mrs Sri Lanka Caroline Jurie
Mrs World 2020 and outgoing Mrs Sri Lanka Caroline Jurie claimed the winner was not eligibal. Photo: Youtube

Mrs World has now been released on bail by the police after she was arrested over the incident, reports the Daily Mail.

Police confirmed Caroline Jurie and another model involved in the on-stage incident were arrested, and Caroline was pictured leaving a police station in Colombo on Thursday after being bailed.

De Silva was also seen leaving the same Cinnamon Gardens Police station after giving a statement to the police.

Winner of Mrs. Sri Lanka 2020 Pushpika de Silva (C) leaves Cinnamon Gardens Police Station in Colombo on April 8, 2021 after giving a statement in relation to her on-stage assault by conestant and former Mrs. Sri Lanka 2019 and current Miss World Caroline Jurie during the gala on April 4. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP) (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP via Getty Images)
Winner of Mrs. Sri Lanka 2020 Pushpika de Silva (C) leaves Cinnamon Gardens Police Station in Colombo. Photo: Getty
Former Mrs. Sri Lanka 2019 and current Miss World Caroline Jurie (C) leaves Cinnamon Gardens Police Station after being released on bail in Colombo on  April 8, 2021 following her arrest on charges of assault over an on-stage fracas in which she pulled the crown off the head of the new
Former Mrs. Sri Lanka 2019 and current Miss World Caroline Jurie seen at Cinnamon Gardens Police Station after being released on bail. Photo: Getty

The national director of Mrs Sri Lanka World, Chandimal Jayasinghe, confirmed to the BBC after the incident that the crown was returned to its rightful owner, after organisers confirmed she is not a divorcee but is separated.

"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," he said.

Pushpika De Silva mrs sri lanka world winner
Pushpika De Silva has since been reinstated as the rightful winner. Photo: Facebook

Viewers also slammed the moment online calling it "shocking" and "disgusting".

"What an inappropriate and disgusting thing to do," one person said.

"To humiliate another woman publicly on stage? No explanation and no proof. She takes it upon herself to snatch the crown," another said.

While a third wrote: "The way Caroline took the crown away from Pushpika is a shame and very unfair."

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