By JAMILA HUSAIN
The Mrs. World International pageant will go ahead in Sri Lanka as scheduled in December and the recent incident where the reigning Mrs. World, Caroline Jurie uncrowned Mrs. Sri Lanka, attracting international attention will not have any impact, National Director for Mrs. Sri Lanka for Mrs. World, Chandimal Jayasinghe said yesterday.
After returning the Mrs. Sri Lanka crown back to Pushpika De Silva, who was uncrowned by Jurie on Sunday night on allegations that she was a divorcee, Chandimal said this incident would have no effect on the Mrs. World pageant, and it would go ahead in Sri Lanka as planned.
“There is no change in plans there by the Mrs World organisation that is why they have accepted the crown being given back to Pushpika De Silva. Further, Pushpika is not divorced and till the conclusion of the Mrs Sri Lanka pageant if the contestant is not divorced then she deserves to contest. If she is separated, it is irrelevant,” Chandimal said.
However, the Mrs. World Inc. on Tuesday told the Daily Mirror that contestants who are selected to contest for the Mrs. World international pageant will be accepted only if they are married and the Daily Mirror learns that Pushpika’s divorce case is expected to be taken up in June/July, six months ahead of the international pageant in December.
However, Mrs. World Inc has expressed disappointment at reigning Mrs. World Caroline Jurie’s behaviour in uncrowning Pushpika in such an ad-hoc manner and has asked Jurie to issue an apology which Jurie is yet to do.
Jurie arrived at the Cinnamon Gardens Police last morning to record a statement after a complaint was lodged against her by Pushpika and Jurie’s brother told reporters that Jurie will address the media this week and give her version of the details.
Several attempts to contact Jurie for a comment directly failed.
Pushpika in the meantime, who was hospitalised the day before with ‘scalp injuries’ as claimed by her assistant, appeared in front of the media yesterday and said she will use her crown to promote single mothers in Sri Lanka and said being separated from her partner was not a reason to disqualify a contestant.
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