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Reimposing ban on women to buy liquor: Samanalee, 10 others file FR

17 January 2018 08:26 pm - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Artiste Samanalee Fonseka and ten other women yesterday filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition in the Supreme Court against the government’s decision to withdraw the gazette issued to lift the ban prohibiting women to purchase liquor or to work in liquor stores.

The petitioners sought a court order declaring Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera or Ministry Secretary R.H.S. Samarathunga had no legal authority to re-impose the ban on the instructions of the President.

The other petitioners are Nishanthi Bandaranayaka, M.D.J.B. Fernando, Chandima Ravini Jinadasa, Deepanjali Abeywardena, Sabrina Esufuli, Sharanya Sekaram, Randula de Silva, Menaka Galgamuwa, Sujatha Gamage and Vishaka Perera Thilakarathna.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Ministry Secretary R.H.S. Samarathunga and Attorney General have been cited as respondents. (Thilini de Silva and Ranjan Katugampola)

  Comments - 12

  • leo Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:39 PM

    Brave ladies. Let not the politicians tell us how to lead our lives.

    gemba Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:43 PM

    When will Sri lanka come out of the stone age?

    Unchikun Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:50 PM

    Well done madam.. It is time Sri Lanka get out of this "clan" culture. If the world's woman Prime Minister was a woman, why not have equal status for all. This is a basic human right.

    ANTON Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:01 PM


    SL Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:02 PM

    when the society expects to reduce the liqueur consumption and bring back the poverty driven alcoholic men back to normal .these so cold "posh" women wants women to jump in to alcohol and plan self destruction ,What on earth these women think they are? grow up and look at our society from bottom of village life to posh Colombo 7 many families are destroyed due to this poison ?? .Find out something else such as sending young women /mothers as housemaids to abroad and try to voice against it.? will you !

    Thar Thursday, 18 January 2018 01:13 PM

    So if it is poison then why are women the only one's not allowed to drink it? This is discrimination plain and simple.

    Maru Thursday, 18 January 2018 01:24 PM

    It's not about women taking alcohol it's rather their right.. if you sincerely think alcohol breaks society up then u should champion banning alcohol to men too..

    lee Thursday, 18 January 2018 01:59 PM

    Agree that laws should be equal to men and women..but in this case women become pregnant and mothers..alcohol will affect the foetus and child

    Raj Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:03 PM

    Well done! It is not about women should take alcohol but about the rights of citizens!

    Rufus Norton Thursday, 18 January 2018 01:05 PM

    Hats off to women who are braver than men in taking up the issue of denial of human rights. There is no basis to ban women from making purchases of anything. We are talking of equal rights. It's time this country came out of the stone age.

    Chandima Thursday, 18 January 2018 08:24 PM

    It would've been nice if there was a ban for men also to buy hard liqure. That's good when the girls work in liqure shop get harrassed by drunkard men. Well if any of your burth certificates says buddhist. May be it's time to change.that

    Depressed women Thursday, 18 January 2018 09:06 PM

    Well done madem I appreciate for your effort taken. Now the big issue is most of the hubbys in our country addicted to this liquor and they are not in a position to satisfy their wifes. By this many women are depressed please find a solution to these innocents. via DM Android App

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