ECONOMYNEXT – Police Thursday arrested the reigning Mrs. World Caroline Jurie on charges of using “criminal force” against the latest winner of the Mrs. Sri Lanka pageant Pushpika de Silva.
Jurie’s accomplice on stage, Chula Manamendra was named a co-accused and released on police bail and asked to appear in court on April 19, Deputy Inspector-General Ajith Rohana said.
He said both Jurie and Manamendra, a self-styled “super model” had used criminal force on de Silva while yanking her crown and causing injuries to her scalp.
“We have released them subject to personal surety bail,” Rohana said.
Jurie forced the crown out of Pushpika de Silva after a stunning announcement that she was not qualified to hold the title of Mrs. Sri Lanka 2020 because “she was divorced,”. De Silva had said she was living separately but not divorced.
Jurie declined to speak to the press.
The ugly scenes unfolded at the packed Nelum Pokuna performing arts theatre and in front of a live social media audience on Sunday evening. The fracas broke out after chief guest Shiranthi Rajapaksa, the wife of the Prime Minister had left the venue.
Jurie and Manamendra were accused of disrupting the high profile event and causing disrepute to Sri Lanka with what many saw as unbecoming behaviour.
Calls mounted on Facebook and Twitter to strip Caroline Jurie of her Mrs. World title which she won last year from the California-based Mrs. World Inc. Similar titles are handed out by many such organisations.
The local franchise holder of the Mrs. World event of Mrs. World Inc., Chandimal Jayasinghe, has said that Caroline Jurie was responsible for damages to the Nelum Pokuna dressing rooms.
Jayasinghe also asked Jurie to pay damages and compensation for the fracas. (COLOMBO, April 8, 2021)