The law should not be changed to allow exceptions
National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) Chairman, Anoma Dissnayake speaking to Daily Mirror said she will not advocate any changes to the existing statutory rape laws to make exceptions to any cases, irrelevant of the circumstances of the couple involved.
“If we allow young girls and boys to take sexual activity and sexuality so lightly by allowing such couples to marry through making an exception, so many other social issues would arise. They would not be aware of how to lead a marriage life, which would in turn lead to severe complications in their lives and that would only be the tip of the iceberg,” she said adding, “Changing laws is not the answer to young couples who put themselves in such situations. What should instead be done is to aspire for much more in life, create attitude changes in the minds of the youth as well as the society.”