The Cabinet approved amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act raising the age of marriage to 18 for men and women, the Daily Mirror learns. However, there are exceptions for those below 18 and above 16 with the approval of Qazi.
It will be an offence if a marriage is solemnised without the permission of the Qazi or below 16 years if the new amendments passed into law by parliament. Registration and Nikah are mandatory to be taken place at the same time. Non-registration will be a punishable offence. Besides, children born out of unregistered marriages should be considered legitimate and all their rights ensured by law. Every Sri Lankan Muslim is presumed to be following Shafi Mazhab, which is a school of Islamic law for the purposes of this Act unless anyone declares to be otherwise.
However, the parties to a Muslim marriage belonging to two different sects could mutually agree to be governed by a particular sect in the declarations made by them prior to marriage. (Kelum Bandara)
Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 22 August 2019 12:06 PM
There should be no exceptions for a religious community in a democratic, secular country like Sri Lanka. Buddhism should not allowed to have a foremost position and Muslims should not have their own jurisdiction or Quazi. The laws of the country must have a validity for all citizens, regardless of their religious beliefs.
Roshanaly Thursday, 22 August 2019 01:13 PM
Why do you give the option to Quazi??. They are the real trouble creator in the MMDA. Like India ban the marriage below 18 yrs.
Jiff Thursday, 22 August 2019 01:15 PM
Trying to hoodwink the public as usual. The request was to have a single law. Not give the authorization to qazi courts which is a part of sharia law.
Simple Simon . Thursday, 22 August 2019 02:03 PM
ONE NATION , ONE PEOPLE , ONE LAW , simple .
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