Sri Lanka speaks out after crown is “torn away” from her head

Mrs. Sri Lanka World Winner, Pushpika De Silva, claims she was injured while the crown was “torn” from her head during the parade in Colombo on April 4.

According to footage from the broadcast divided by the Colombo Gazette, last year’s winner and current Mrs. World Caroline Jurie interrupted the ceremony just after De Silva received her title.

“As for Ms. World Inc., there’s a rule that you must get married and not divorced,” she said. “So I take my first steps and say that the crown goes to the first runner-up.”

She then took the crown from De Silva’s head and placed it on number two.

In a post shared on Facebook on April 5, De Silva wrote that she is separated from her husband, but not divorced. According to the BBC’s translation of the statement from Sinhala, she also wrote that she suffered head injuries after the incident and threatened legal action.