UPFA MP Faizer Mustapha today said all Muslim MPs have unanimously decided to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) and accordingly, a Cabinet paper would be presented to amend it soon.
The MP said they expect to present the Cabinet paper through the Muslim Religious Affairs Minister to amend the MMDA.
“A lengthy discussion has been taking place in the country to amend the MMDA. The unanimous decision of all the Muslims MPs to amend this was long overdue and is a victory. We hope it can be amended soon since all MPs are on board,” he said addressing a news briefing.
He also said there are other personal laws in the country and that requests have been made to amend these as well.
“The MMDA, Kandyan Law and laws based on Hindu religion are some personal laws in the country. Requests have been made to add some amendments to these as well. The Constitution and the Penal Code apply to all citizens. However, when we look at the history, the Constitution has given personal law rights based on ethnicity and religions,” he said.
He said the request to amend the MMDA came within the Muslim community. “They accept that it should be amended. It is a need of the Muslim community. We are committed to do this,” he said.
He was the culprit and blocking the same for political reasons. Now he wants to jump to UNP by supporting this amendment.
Sara Monday, 15 July 2019 11:23 AM
Not only him his father too objected to MMDA proposal. Now this is a collective decision of all Muslim politicians. Opportunist.
Yehiya Monday, 15 July 2019 09:13 AM
Always more weight on judges, bring good judges to judiciary. This will solve more issues.
Abdul Raheem Monday, 15 July 2019 09:57 AM
It is a good move at last, this should end the suffering of many Muslim women. The unqualified men dominated Quazi courts system too should be abolished along with this to give fair divorce benefits to Muslims as other communities getting now.
M.premathilake Monday, 15 July 2019 10:01 AM
Very good and positive move towards equality and harmony among community and as a whole Srilankan.
Janaka Monday, 15 July 2019 12:31 PM
Only in Lanka will minorities dictate about personal laws to majority!
Too much power??
Nishani Monday, 15 July 2019 12:38 PM
Let's hope this means Muslim females will now have same rights on marriage and divorce as other Sri Lankan women!!
Roshanaly Monday, 15 July 2019 03:12 PM
Janaka, you are badly mistaken, this law is only for Muslims and not for the Majority.
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