• Mrs. World Caroline Jurie said she has decided to give up her crown
  • She was arrested for allegedly injuring Mrs. Sri Lanka World Pushpika De Silva while forcibly removing the crown off her head
  • Jurie said she will always stand for what she believes is right and stressed that she was pushing for a "fair stage"

Reigning Mrs. World Caroline Jurie has decided to give up her crown after she was arrested for allegedly injuring the new Mrs. Sri Lanka, Pushpika De Silva, when she forcibly removed the tiara off the latter's head.

In a new video on Instagram, Jurie opened up about her decision to step away from the pageant amid the controversy surrounding her behavior during the coronation of Mrs. Sri Lanka World on April 4. She insisted that she will "always stand for what I believe is right."

"Every beauty pageant has a set of rules and regulations. What I was pushing for from the beginning was a fair stage. The rules and regulations are equal to all. Rules aren't there so that we can find loopholes so that we can win at any cost. I believe rules and regulations are there for a reason," she said.

Jurie suggested that women who are "divorced or separated" may compete in other pageants that are less strict about contestants' relationship status. "The Mrs. World pageant was not created to discriminate divorced or separated women but to celebrate the dreams of the married women," she continued.

She highlighted the importance of standing up for "values even if it means to stand alone in the front of disaster."

"My only intention was to stand up for the injustice caused to the competitors throughout this competition which was tainted with heavy politicization," she said, before removing the crown from her head at the end of the video.

During the televised ceremony earlier this month, the former Mrs. World was meant to crown De Silva, who won Mrs. Sri Lanka. However, minutes later, Jurie took the microphone and said, "As for the Mrs. World Inc, there's a rule that you'll have to be married and not divorced. So, I'm taking my first steps saying that the crown goes to the first runner-up."

Jurie then pulled the crown off De Silva's head and placed it on the runner-up's. De Silva appeared shocked and left the stage.

Following the incident, De Silva addressed the controversy and said Jurie removing the crown from her head in front of the crowd had been insulting. She also clarified that she is separated rather than divorced and alleged that she was injured during the incident.

"I'm not a divorced woman," she wrote on Facebook. "I say with great responsibility that I am not a divorced woman even at this moment of writing. If I was divorced, I would dare them to submit my divorce script. I haven't hidden from the world that I'm with my child. I also have personal reasons to be that way. But, being apart is one. Divorce is something else. I'm still an un-divorced woman."

On Thursday, Jurie and a model, Chula Padmendra, were arrested on charges of "simple hurt and criminal force." Both have been released on bail.

Caroline Jurie (2-L) was arrested on charges of assault over an on-stage fracas in which she pulled the crown off the head of the new "Mrs Sri Lanka"
Caroline Jurie (2-L) was arrested on charges of assault over an on-stage fracas in which she pulled the crown off the head of the new "Mrs Sri Lanka" AFP / -