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Reigning Mrs World gives up her crown, following Sri Lanka Pageant controversy

The reigning Mrs World, Caroline Julie has on her own accord, returned her crown, after she pulled off an on-stage ruckus at the Sri Lanka Pageantry. 

At the Sri Lanka pageant, Jurie aggressively pulled the crown off the head of the winner of the Mrs Sri Lanka beauty pageant, De Silva. De Silva alleged that Jurie injured her head while trying to take off the crown in the televised pageant. Four days later, she was arrested on charges of “Simple hurt and Criminal Force” and later released on bail. 

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Jurie defended her decision to remove the crown from the head of the Mrs Sri Lanka title holder, Pushpika de Silva, on the verge that De Silva is divorced and therefore ineligible for the title. 

De Silva later commented in her defence, saying that she is separated, but not divorced from her husband, as court proceedings were still ongoing. “Being apart is one. Divorce is something else”, she posted on Facebook.

The reigning Mrs World, released a statement of resignation on her Instagram. She thanked everyone for their support, whilst stating that she was standing against injustice, seeing that the pageant was tainted, she wanted everyone to have an equal opportunity. 

“I stand proud today, knowing that I stood up for what is right. I believe the Mrs World Crown stands for a purpose. I know Mrs World Inc. does not condone malpractices. Therefore, wearing the Mrs World crown and holding the title on unfair grounds go against the purpose of ensuring a fair and equal stage for every woman. Hence, I am stepping down from the title of Mrs World 2020 and I am handing over my Mrs World 2020 Crown. I hereby terminate the Mrs World 2020 contract I entered into on November 4, 2019, with Mrs World Inc”, Jurie wrote in her statement. 

“Her voluntary resignation decision was made solely by Caroline herself”, Mrs World Inc. said in a news released on social media on Wednesday. 

Kate Schneider of Ireland, the runner-up in the 2020 contest which Jurie won, will be the new Mrs World 2020, organisers said.

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