Mrs Sri Lanka winner is ‘left with head injuries’ after previous victor removes her crown on stage
The winner of Mrs Sri Lanka was ‘left with head injuries’ after a rival grabbed at her crown and claimed she should not have won the pageant because she is divorced.
Beauty queen Pushpika De Silva was awarded the 2020/2021 title during the ceremony at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, 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 in the bizarre on-stage incident.
The prize has since been returned to Ms De Silva after the event organisers confirmed that she is not a divorcee.
Beauty queen Pushpika De Silva was awarded the title during the ceremony at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Colombo, on Sunday before the crown was snatched from her head
In astonishing footage, Ms Jurie can be seen with a microphone in hand as she tells the audience: ‘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.’
She then strides over to Ms De Silva who is already wearing her crown and sash with a bouquet of flowers in hand.
Ms Jurie grabs at the golden crown which appears to get caught in Ms De Silva’s hair.
It is finally pulled free and Ms Jurie places it on to the head of the runner-up which prompts a tearful Ms De Silva to walk off stage.
The organisers have apologised to Ms De Silva, who won Miss Sri Lanka World in 2011, and she has since had her title restored.
Fellow competitor Caroline Jurie, who won the crown in 2019, grappled the crown from her in the bizarre encounter on stage