Mrs In­dia fum­ing after be­ing de­throned


IN­FU­RI­ATED and dis­traught after be­ing stripped of her ti­tle, Mrs In­dia South Africa 2018 win­ner Saumya Ti­wari Gau­tam has sought ur­gent re­lief in the Durban High Court.

The 31-year-old Cape Town med­i­cal doc­tor, who was born in In­dia and re­lo­cated to South Africa two years ago, was stripped of her ti­tle after she al­legedly brought dis­re­pute to the brand.

Last month, Gau­tam sum­moned pageant or­gan­is­ers An­nu­lutch­mee Thaver and Deon Ganas to court after they al­legedly failed to de­liver on prizes worth R500 000 and a new VW Jetta worth R300 000 fol­low­ing her win in Au­gust.

She is also claim­ing R350 000 in dam­ages after she turned down a com­mu­nity post at two hos­pi­tals to ful­fil her du­ties as the win­ner.

Last week, Ganas said Gau­tam was dis­qual­i­fied for breach­ing her con­tract and had al­legedly mis­rep­re­sented facts that she had not re­ceived all her prizes.

He said an ini­tial con­tract signed by par­tic­i­pants clearly stated that bring­ing dis­re­pute to the pageant would re­sult in im­me­di­ate dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

On Fri­day, the first run­ner-up, Daphne Singh, was sashed and crowned queen.

Gau­tam’s at­tor­ney Ra­jesh Hi­ralall said her dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion was un­law­ful.


Seen at the Mrs In­dia South Africa 2018 re-crown­ing cer­e­mony are pageant op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor Deon Ganas, newly crowned queen Daphne Singh, and pageant owner and di­rec­tor, An­nu­lutch­mee Thaver.

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