Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is reported to have informed the diplomatic community in Sri Lanka yesterday that the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act would be amended to increase the age of marriage to 18 for Muslim women in a move aimed at unifying the personal laws as far as possible.
He briefed the heads of diplomatic missions in Colombo on the security situation in the country after the serial bombings on April 21 and the steps taken for de-radicalization as a step towards sustainable peace in the country.
The PM said steps would be taken to reform the education sector and the legal system of the country.
As an initial step for implementing a common law cutting across different ethnic groups, he said the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act would be amended to declare 18 as the marriageable age for Muslim women in line with other the laws applicable for other communities.
He said Madrasas or the Muslim religious schools would be brought under the purview of the Education Ministry.
According to sources close to the Prime Minister, there were requests from Muslim Woman organizations to increase the age of marriage to 18.
The military officers who were present at the meeting briefed the diplomatic community about the security situation.
They told the diplomats the entire terror network of the bomb attackers had been dismantled since all the key suspects had either been killed or arrested and that there were no intelligence report about any other terrorist attack.
The government requested the respective countries to modify their travel advisories in accordance with the improvement of the security situation in the country. There was positive response from the British High Commission to this request. (Kelum Bandara)