It was drama like no other when a Mrs Sri Lanka pageant winner was stripped of her crown on stage by the title holder who claimed that the former was a divorcee.
However, it all ended well for Pushpika De Silva, 31, after the organisers found that she was not a divorcee and apologised to her, before returning the crown.
Now, the previous winner Caroline Jurie, 28, is now under investigation by the organisers over her rash act.
The incident happened at the "Mrs Sri Lanka 2021" pageant at a theatre in Colombo last Sunday, as the event was broadcast on national TV.
Just moments after De Silva's crowning, Jurie, the 2019 title winner, could be seen announcing on the microphone that there's a rule that a divorcee cannot hold the title, and as such, it would go to the first runner-up.
Jurie then walked up to the elated De Silva, before stripping the crown by herself, and placing it on the runner-up's head. The shocked and tearful De Silva can be seen storming off stage, in videos that have since gone viral on social media.
Taking to Facebook later, De Silva clarified that she was separated from her husband but not divorced. She also claimed that she sustained head injuries from the forceful snatching of the crown, and said she would take legal action for the "unreasonable and insulting" way she was treated.
"A true queen is not a woman who snatches another woman's crown, but a woman who secretly sets another woman's crown," she wrote, in reference to Jurie.
The pageant organisers have since apologized to De Silva and returned her title and crown, after establishing that she was not a divorcee.
The national director of Mrs Sri Lanka World, Chandimal Jayasinghe was quoted telling BBC: "We are disappointed. It was a disgrace how Caroline Jurie behaved on the stage."
Watch how the drama unfolded, below:
Photo source: AFP Via The Vancouver Sun
Video source: Colombo Gazette Youtube
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