ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has approved a proposal to gazette and table in parliament a bill seeking to repeal section II of the Kandyan Marriages and Divorce Act that requires parental consent for the marriage of a minor and to remove the existing non-conformities.
The previous cabinet of ministers had approved the draft bill on October 26, 2021, a statement from the Government Information Department said.
The legal draftsman had prepared the bill and the Attorney General has also cleared it, the statement said.
Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe will publish a gazette and subsequently table it in the parliament, it added.
“An amendment for the Kandyan law was approved at yesterday’s cabinet meeting. Under the Kandyan law, the female should first obtain her parents’ permission. That is contradictory to the common law in the country. This amendment seeks to remove that requirement in the Kanydan law and resolve some other laws in the registration process as well,” Minister Rajapakshe said at the weekly cabinet press briefing on Tuesday August 02.
A minor under the age of 18 cannot enter legal marriage in Sri Lanka.