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A committee had been appointed to consider reforms to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act to the norms stipulated in international conventions, Cabinet Co-Spokesman Gayantha Karunathilaka said today.

He said as some provisions in the Muslim Law, including the minimum age of marriage, were not in conform with the norms stipulated in international conventions, which Sri Lanka was holding membership, and that it was necessary to amend those provisions.

While addressing the media Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake said the country had to obey the international conventions as in a situation like preparing to get the GSP +.

“Amending of the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act is also a part of international protocol, which is a requirement to obtain GSP +,” he said.

Accordingly, the proposal had been made by the Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe to appoint a Cabinet Sub-committee to make proposals to the Cabinet regarding suitable amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • Kaboos Thursday, 27 October 2016 10:48 AM

    GSP PLUS committee will request to legalize gay marriages too.

    Riyas Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:22 PM

    I do not undastene what is the connectionbbetweenthis mmuslim marriage and GSP why do combine two different angles

    Tommiya Saturday, 29 October 2016 09:50 AM

    next they will want to legalise prositution and gay marriages as well , since most politicians are involved in it some way another

    Ussof Friday, 28 October 2016 08:23 PM

    Why should sacrifice a part of citizens' rights just because of EU dictatorship and lead into another anarchy amongst fellow citizens

    lal Thursday, 27 October 2016 07:17 PM

    Sarana, it is best interest before you pin point on others culture or faith, lets look ours first.

    OMG Thursday, 27 October 2016 07:13 PM

    West is indirectly applying their dirty culture to other countries in the pretext of facilities.

    frustrated citizen Thursday, 27 October 2016 02:14 PM

    Oh Guys..Cant we make an amendments in the constitution that corrupted politicians cant be nominated to participate in any elections...Or else they should at least share their secret how to become rich with their fellow citizens..

    Gamaya Thursday, 27 October 2016 02:10 PM

    This is a clear evidence that this government is prepared to dance to the tune of western countries.

    Arnold Thursday, 27 October 2016 01:25 PM

    Marriage is a private thing and government should not get involved in it, like it keeps away from girlfriend-boyfriend relationships.

    Patriat Thursday, 27 October 2016 12:55 PM

    How come we enjoyed GSP for so long with same old existing laws?

    Rezayat Thursday, 27 October 2016 12:33 PM

    Giving birth to child is good for goons and its regarded as female act. what, i feel, if a man can give birth to a child also regarded as equal rights?

    Shifan Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:53 AM

    Next EU wil ask to merge NE. Then to give a seperate eelam... This show how incapable this govt is... How did we enjoyed GSP earlier?

    ashydull Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:23 AM

    I was born a Muslim and consider the Muslim Marriage and Divorce act discriminatory towards women. This act should be abolished and Sri Lanka must have one law for all Sri Lankans, and we should stop dividing communities on ethnic, religious, caste etc etc lines.What is good for the Goose should be good for the gander too. We don't need different laws for different communities, as this is just a joke.

    acs Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:15 AM

    Thats why they still behave like savages

    Sarath Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:14 AM

    As a civilised country we should ban child marriages

    TONY Wednesday, 26 October 2016 07:11 PM


    Arnold Thursday, 27 October 2016 10:47 AM

    Marriage safeguards the girl. If underage marriage is banned they will still live as boyfriend-girlfriend, without the boy taking any responsibility.

    Arnold Thursday, 27 October 2016 10:45 AM

    Ajith which planet are you from? In the US statistics prove, 90% of the children have lost their virginity by 15 years of age.

    vipula Thursday, 27 October 2016 10:19 AM

    it's time to abolish all the special laws and have one for all.that is the only way makes us to come out from the English Trap.

    lal Thursday, 27 October 2016 09:46 AM

    Are you saying that EU asking SL to ban child marriage is wrong?

    sigiriya Thursday, 27 October 2016 08:47 AM

    What about same sex marriages? Beware of the danger of being drawn in to the situation where we have to legalize Western values and ban (or illegitimat-ize) our Eastern morals, values and centuries long traditions.

    Sameen Jan Thursday, 27 October 2016 08:03 AM

    Will Muslim countries follow these "international protocols" which basically means following slavishly western notions of life.

    Sameen Jan Thursday, 27 October 2016 08:03 AM

    Will Muslim countries follow these "international protocols" which basically means following slavishly western notions of life.Let the Muslims in SL decide.They know better than SL slaves to 'international protocols'

    Sameen Jan Thursday, 27 October 2016 08:03 AM

    Will Muslim countries follow these "international protocols" which basically means following slavishly western notions of life.Let the Muslims in SL decide.

    George Harry Thursday, 27 October 2016 07:55 AM

    State Terrorism: Govt. backed BBS

    Impulse Thursday, 27 October 2016 06:15 AM

    Next thing GSP plus will require the citizens of Sri-Lanka to start living together before marriage.

    sarana Thursday, 27 October 2016 04:56 AM

    It's vague the area they are going to amend. its important to amend right of the woman when the man fed up of woman divorce due to decline beauty, an abnormal sexual behaviour of the man ( i am this government will like this) . When the woman comes to know systematic child abuse of own children. These guys they just take the advantage of loophole of sharia law . I know most of men are God fearing and did not want to mess up the law (who are from good families ). Unfortunately, handfull of young men who are newly rich and impressed with clubbing life or Mothers's influence are taking big advantages of this law. you should disturb polygamy as its happens large scale in sri Lanka by all ( underground)

    ajith Thursday, 27 October 2016 04:43 AM

    Western countries do not allow under age sex.

    Sashi Wednesday, 26 October 2016 07:52 PM

    In western countries its not legalised to marry more than one but illegal marriage no issue can have any amount as wish. via DM Android App

    lkboy Wednesday, 26 October 2016 07:50 PM

    please make it quick, otherwise country will lose.

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