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Caroline wants Sri Lanka to regulate beauty pageants

Former Mrs. World writes to Ministry after Daily Mirror story

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Former Mrs. World Caroline Jurie has called on the Government to regulate beauty pageants and become the first country to do so.

Jurie wrote to K. M. A. D Jayasekara, Secretary to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, after Daily Mirror recently reported that the government is taking steps to regulate beauty pageants. 

In her letter to the Ministry, Jurie said that the industry is yet to gain the recognition and acceptance of the larger population of Sri Lanka.  

Therefore, she says certain reforms are mandatory and urgent, adding that her goal is to create a fair stage for every woman, irrespective of status so Sri Lanka does not need to witness a repetition of events similar to that seen at the recent Mrs. Sri Lanka for Mrs. World finals. 

“I am sure you will agree, that investing one crown to save a thousand more, is the noble contribution that Sri Lanka can make, to create a fair global stage for every woman,” she said. 

Caroline Jurie resigned as Mrs. World following the incident at the Mrs. Sri Lanka finals after which she was arrested and released on bail. 

“Let’s become one of the ­first countries to regulate the pageant industry. I believe we should be able to bring the best minds and experience in the industry together and draft a purpose driven set of regulations,” she said in the letter. 

She also said that the pageant industry has immense potential and one needs to ensure that only the best practices are warranted when conducting pageants to create a fair stage that will empower the country and the people. 

State Minister of Women and Child Development Piyal Nishantha told Daily Mirror recently  that any event using the Sri Lanka name must be monitored in future. He said that discussions have already commenced to formulate guidelines in order to regulate private events related to women and children. 

The State Minister said that even beauty pageants like the Mrs. Sri Lanka for Mrs. World should be regulated to ensure it meets international standards. He said that his Ministry will have talks with private organizations to reach a consensus on the matter. 

During the finals of the pageant Mrs. World 2020 Caroline Jurie had uncrowned the winner of the Mrs. Sri Lanka contest, Pushpika De Silva, over claims that she was divorced. She had thereafter crowned the first runner-up as the winner. 

However, Pushpika issued a statement saying she was not a divorcee and filed legal action against Caroline Jurie alleging she suffered injuries in the incident. The organisers of the event later re-crowned Pushpika. 

Jurie was arrested over the incident and released on bail. (Easwaran Rutnam)

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  • Crown Tuesday, 27 April 2021 05:50 PM

    Isn't that's funny! You need to regulate your behaviour first.

    Mathanamutha Tuesday, 27 April 2021 05:58 PM

    You have a huge problem, that is bigger than the covid. Oh, my foot!!

    Mohammed Ameen Tuesday, 27 April 2021 06:21 PM

    Yes, this is the burning issue the country is facing now.

    Clown prince Tuesday, 27 April 2021 06:28 PM

    Trying to cover your shameful lunatic behaviour by being so called democratic..

    Sokrates Tuesday, 27 April 2021 06:36 PM

    Nobody is interested in the nonsense fight of some bitches. That is an absolute private matter and need no involvement of the government.

    Rani Tuesday, 27 April 2021 06:40 PM

    Don't get this woman. Done. Now move on Lady. No one cares. People are dying in India, worry about not stupid beauty pageants.

    fed up Tuesday, 27 April 2021 06:47 PM

    Imagine....of ALL the issues facing this country, this dingbat wants the government (this government to do anything?!?! LOL) to regulate a beauty pagaent?how pathetic

    European Tuesday, 27 April 2021 06:52 PM

    Who cares about beauty pageants anyway? Totally backwarded, especially the one you have to be married for

    mp Tuesday, 27 April 2021 07:59 PM

    Are you a beauty?

    G abe Tuesday, 27 April 2021 08:11 PM

    Rename it housewife contest

    Jeeves Tuesday, 27 April 2021 08:12 PM

    Beauty pageants are a thing of the past. No place for them in a progressive country! Hasn't this recent fiasco embarrassed Sri Lanka enough already? Time to move on to more significant issues.

    VJ Wednesday, 28 April 2021 08:20 AM

    Be reminded, beauty is only skin deep.

    Lalith Wednesday, 28 April 2021 11:38 AM

    OMG.... We do not need the state to intervene in all our affairs. It would ultimately lead to an authoritarian regime.


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