Final yr’s winner of Mrs. World, a magnificence pageant for married girls, mentioned she would return her crown after she snatched one off the pinnacle of the 2021 winner of Mrs. Sri Lanka World, claiming that she was divorced — a violation of pageant guidelines.

Pushpika de Silva had simply been topped Mrs. Sri Lanka World at a pageant in Colombo, Sri Lanka, final weekend when Caroline Jurie, the 2020 Mrs. World winner, took the stage and announced that “there’s a rule that it’s a must to be married and never divorced.”

“So,” she mentioned, “I’m taking my first step saying that the crown goes to the primary runner-up.”

Ms. Jurie, 28, then pulled the crown off Ms. de Silva’s head, pulling her hair within the course of, earlier than inserting it on the runner-up, who was holding again tears and later gave an acceptance speech. Ms. de Silva left the stage as Ms. Jurie, the 2 runners-up and Chula Padmendra, a Sri Lankan mannequin who was additionally onstage, hugged. Ms. Padmendra applauded and raised her fist within the air victoriously.

The scuffle was harking back to the one on the 2009 Video Music Awards, when Kanye West stormed the stage and grabbed a microphone from Taylor Swift, who had simply received greatest feminine video, declaring: “I’m going to allow you to end, however Beyoncé had among the finest movies of all time.”

The Mrs. World pageant describes itself on Facebook as “the primary magnificence pageant on the earth for married girls, created in 1984.” Ms. Jurie was topped Mrs. World on the 2020 pageant in Las Vegas, based on the group’s website.

Ms. de Silva mentioned in a Fb post after the episode that she was separated and never divorced. She mentioned she had sustained “accidents to my cranium” and was pursuing authorized motion in opposition to Ms. Jurie “for the injustice and insult that has taken place.” The police arrested Ms. Jurie and Ms. Padmendra “on prices of easy damage and prison trigger,” BBC News reported.

“Despite the fact that my crown has been snatched in entrance of everybody insultfully, I’ll hold my head straight,” Ms. de Silva wrote.

A consultant for the Mrs. World group, which is predicated in California, based on its Fb web page, referred a request for remark to “the place the incident occurred, in Sri Lanka.” One of many pageant’s organizers, Chandimal Jayasinghe, informed BBC Information: “We’re dissatisfied. It was a shame how Caroline Jurie behaved on the stage and the Mrs. World group has already begun an investigation on the matter.”

Ms. Jurie, who’s Sri Lankan, mentioned in a video posted on Instagram that she wished to “categorical my dismay over the current actions that led to controversy” and that she “solely wished a good stage.”

“Even when I’ve to lose the crown for the values I stand for, I consider I’m serving the aim that the Mrs. World crown stands for,” she mentioned earlier than taking off the crown.