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Govt. to amend Muslim Laws: Ali Sabri


12 February 2021 07:22 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Justice Minister Ali Sabri informed Parliament today that steps were being taken to amend the Muslim Laws and that a Cabinet Paper had already been presented in that regard.

Responding to a question raised by Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thera under 27(2), the Minister said the Government was committed to uphold the policy of “One country-one law”.

He said he had presented a Cabinet Paper to amend the minimum marriageable age of Muslim girls as 18, to permit women to act as Kathis and also to make it necessary to get the consent of Muslim women when they get married.

Ven. Rathana Thera had said that the Muslim laws were violating human rights of Muslim women and girls.

The Minister said if the personal laws were to be abolished, all the personal laws such as Muslim Laws, Kandyan law and Thesawalamai Law should be abolished altogether through a social discussion.

“It can be done when the new Constitution is drafted through a social discussion, “he said.(Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 7

  • Andrew Silva Saturday, 13 February 2021 08:55 AM

    It is a good idea to amend the marriageable law of girls to be 18 years before their marriage.

    Asanka Saturday, 13 February 2021 11:23 AM

    I agree. But also do something about the young Buddhist novices in the temples. They are too young to be deprived from their childhood and love and care of their parents. Brainwashed, they can not make this choice at this young age

    FF Saturday, 13 February 2021 10:01 AM


    decentgent Saturday, 13 February 2021 12:42 PM

    May be the Minister has had prior discussions with the religious leaders prior to submission of the proposal to the parliament. However, women acting as Kathees would be subject lot of abuse and harassment. Doubtful whether this will work smoothly.

    Chan Saturday, 13 February 2021 11:20 AM

    In any country, laws are changed according to the Constitution and not ethnic or religious norms.

    Muslim Saturday, 13 February 2021 11:44 AM

    There are self assuming Muslim Leaders in JAMAYATHUL ULEMA AND THOWHEED JAMAATH?

    Buddhist Saturday, 13 February 2021 08:37 PM

    Ethana Methana Rathana has forgotten to ask new laws to protect younger monks being abused by senior monks in pansals.

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