Ms Sri Lanka’s winner was “injured in the head” after a rival grabbed her crown and claimed she should not have won the contest because she is divorced.
Beauty Queen Pushpika De Silva received the 2020/2021 title during the ceremony at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theater in Colombo, which was also broadcast on national television on Sunday.
But her compatriot Caroline Jurie, who won the crown in 2019, snatched the crown from her head in the bizarre incident on stage.
The award has since been returned to Ms De Silva after event organizers confirmed she was not divorced.
Beauty queen Pushpika De Silva received the title during the ceremony at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theater in Colombo on Sunday before the crown was torn from her head.
In amazing footage, Ms. Jurie can be seen with a microphone in her hand as she tells the audience, “There is a rule that prevents women who have ever been married and are divorced, so I am taking steps to ensure that the crown goes to second place. “.
She then walks towards Mrs. De Silva who is already wearing her crown and belt with a bouquet of flowers in her hand.
Mrs Jurie grabs the golden crown that seems to get stuck in Mrs De Silva’s hair.
He is finally released and Ms. Jurie places him on the runner-up’s head, prompting Ms. De Silva in tears to leave the stage.
The organizers apologized to Ms. De Silva, who won Miss Sri Lanka World in 2011, and her title has since been restored to her.
Fellow Caroline Jurie, who won the crown in 2019, grabbed her in the bizarre encounter on stage
Ms Jurie then placed the crown on the runner-up’s head, prompting Ms De Silva in tears to leave the stage.
Ms De Silva, who says she is separated but not divorced, posted on her official Facebook page shortly after to challenge Ms Jurie’s actions.
“Living apart and being divorced are two completely different things,” she wrote.
She also claimed that she went to the hospital to be treated for head injuries after the incident and said that she would take legal action for the “unreasonable and insulting” manner in which she had been treated.
Ms De Silva continued: “I am still an undivided woman. A true queen is not a woman who rips off another woman’s crown, but a woman who secretly places another woman’s crown!
Chandimal Jayasinghe, Country Director of Ms. Sri Lanka World, told the BBC: “We are disappointed.
“It was a shame the way Caroline Jurie performed on stage and the Mrs World organization has already opened an investigation into this. “