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Caroline Jurie slams Mrs. Sri Lanka pageant

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Mrs. World Caroline Jurie, yesterday said she was ready to hand over her crown, stating that she stood by her values even if that meant she had to stand alone and alleged that the Mrs. Sri Lanka pageant was tainted with heavy politicization.

In a video statement, Jurie said her only intention was to stand up for the injustice caused to the competitors throughout the competition "which was tainted with heavy politicization" and it upset her greatly when justice did not prevail.
"This is why I stood up for injustice, from the beginning of the event, I stood up for what was wrong, but my efforts were futile until the very last moment, which led me to do what I did," Jurie said.
"I only stand for what I believe is right. I will stand up for what is right by following all legal procedures – as a normal Sri Lankan citizen – without influence - while always holding my head up high," she said.
Jurie said the purpose of Mrs. World was to celebrate all women who are married and still strive to conquer their dreams, despite the commitment and responsibilities a married woman strives to fulfill.
"Hence the title “Mrs.”. It is her crowning glory that despite all those fulfillments and commitments, she still manages to look after herself and goes out on stage to win a crown. Through hard work, meritocracy, spirit and purpose. The pageant was certainly not created to discriminate divorced women but to celebrate the dreams of the married women," she said.
Jurie said in the run-up to the Mrs. Sri Lanka event, she saw a lot of commitment and hard work from the competitors. As a mentor, she said she worked with all contestants but said she could not overlook how there had been corrupt involvement that had been unfair on most contestants that took part and was disrespectful towards the institution she so highly looked up to.
As Mrs. World, she said her purpose was to make sure the winner of Mrs. Sri Lanka pageant had an equal opportunity at the world title. 
"This is why I fought for what was right for all the other contestants on the 4th of April, for all of them to have an equal opportunity because I saw, from the beginning, of how tainted the entire pageant judging was. Even after I hand over the crown, my commitment to my purpose will continue," she said.
"It is unfortunate that I have burst some bubbles, created a conversation and even a debate about class and values that a queen wearing a crown should stand for. If class is defined by how one behaves in the public eye, I will let you draw the conclusions to that. But if class is also defined by how you behave when no one is watching you, and what values you stand by, I believe this is the true test of character. Even if I had to lose class for the values I stand for, I believe I am serving the purpose the Mrs. World crown stands for. Values are deep-rooted.
They cannot be measured by outer appearance or monetary value. I believe this is the distinct difference between class and values."
"I stand for values, even if it means I have to stand alone," she said.
Jurie further said that when one has to stand for something, and even if it means standing alone, one must find the courage to do so.
"What we fear most are the things we risk losing. If we have to lose something to give an opportunity to another woman to compete on a stage that is equal and fair to all, we must take that stand. After all, one fair chance is all she needs," Jurie said.
Yesterday's statement was the first issued by Jurie since she uncrowned Mrs. Sri Lanka winner Pushpika De Silva at the pageant on Sunday night claiming she was divorced and since her arrest on Thursday afterwhich she was granted police bail. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

  Comments - 11

  • Wickremasinghe, Tokyo Saturday, 10 April 2021 12:49 PM

    Great. Now she can run for the next presidential election with the blessing of Mahinda Rajapakse. We need more clowns like these to make ourselves the laughing stocks to the world.

    Dinesh withanage Saturday, 10 April 2021 12:51 PM

    Great women who tries to preserve the extincting rich cultural values

    PAUL Saturday, 10 April 2021 12:55 PM

    You are correct perfectly entire country has been poltilized. Human body also has been poltilized thanks to our politicos.

    Gajaman Nona Saturday, 10 April 2021 01:18 PM

    Just more B/S from this woman who behaved atrociously and in bad form. She was not a judge nor a selector, therefore she had no business removing the crown forcibly from the winner and placing it on the runner-up. She has lost her mind and making it worse by these silly statements.

    Parakramabahu Saturday, 10 April 2021 01:19 PM

    A divorced woman is by logic unmarried, which lets her remarry. Caroline Jurie is right if rules state she must be married.

    mp Saturday, 10 April 2021 01:20 PM

    You displayed your so-called values at the pageant by taking powers into your hand. The whole world viewed that. Shame!

    Annika Saturday, 10 April 2021 01:28 PM

    Poor soul, Is this what you have to tell after humiliating entire country in front of the world? If there is politicization, you should have done it in a professional way. You simply showed your class ,your level of education and you don't deserve to be hold a crown. Now please get lost and start what ever you were doing for your living

    Angelo Saturday, 10 April 2021 01:34 PM

    You won't stand alone Caroline, there's plenty more like you in this country and the world

    Antonita Muttukrishnan Saturday, 10 April 2021 08:12 PM

    I don’t care whether it was politicised or not! From Cricket to everything is politicised in developing countries! Leave that aside. The way Pushpika behaved and Caroline behaved, says a lot! Action speak louder than words. Even after forcefully grabbing that Crown from her on stage and bullying her, Pushpika walked off gracefully without creating a Ruckus! This is a quality of great virtue, sadly it isn’t Mrs World, Caroline!

    Terrence Monday, 12 April 2021 08:58 AM

    Another Iron lady who will not bow down to the injustices of the system many with the same attributes are behind you

    Janaki Gamage Tuesday, 20 April 2021 04:18 AM

    Caroline you did the righteous thing. When ever a Rajapaksa's involved in any thing, that is a recipe for disaster. We will be petitioning to Mrs world organization to null and void newly crowned prostitutes participation.

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