Reigning Mrs World, friend arrested for fracas at Mrs Sri Lanka event

We took Mrs Jurie and Chula Padmendra into custody: Police

Reigning Mrs World, friend arrested for fracas at Mrs Sri Lanka event

The crown is forcibly removed from Pushpika De Silva by 2019 winner of the competition and reigning Mrs World, Caroline Jurie after Jurie declared that De Silva was ineligible as the winner because she was divorced during the Mrs Sri Lanka World pageant in Colombo, Sri Lanka in this still image from April 4, 2021 video. Reuters

Colombo, April 8

The reigning Mrs World, Caroline Jurie, and one of her associates were arrested on Thursday for allegedly causing damage to property and wounding a contestant at a beauty contest held here last week.

Jurie and Chula Padmendra, a former model, walked onto the stage on Saturday last when contestant Pushpika de Silva was crowned the winner of the Mrs Sri Lanka beauty pageant.

Jurie had announced that de Silva is a divorcee and only married women are qualified to become Mrs Sri Lanka. She then forcibly took off the winner’s crown from de Silva and placed it on the head of the first runner up, and sashed her as the winner.

De Silva lodged a police complaint, following which the organisers returned the title to de Silva. “We took Mrs Jurie and Chula Padmendra into custody,” said a police official here.

Jurie and Padmendra have been accused of causing damage to property at the pageant venue, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, and wounding de Silva. PTI