Sri Lanka to amend Kandyan marriage and divorce act

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers on Tuesday (19) approved a proposal to amend the Kandyan marriage and divorce act repealing the authority of parents or a competent guardian to conduct marriages of children under the age of 18.

“Section 22 of the Marriage Registration Ordinance was amended by the Marriage Registration Act No. 12 of 1997 (Amended), stipulating that the consent of the parents is required for the marriage of a minor,” the cabinet said.

A minor under the age of 18 cannot enter legal marriage in Sri Lanka.

The cabinet statement said a parents’ permission or consent to such a marriage is invalid before the law. Therefore , the provisions pertaining to the law authorising the marriage of a minor with the consent of a competent authority should be repealed.

Sri Lanka’s Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act is also being amended and the bill is being drafted, the statement said.

Justice Ministry Ali Sabry has tabled a proposal to amend both the marriage and divorce of Muslims in Sri Lanka concurrently to repealing inconsistencies, it said. (Colombo/Oct19/2021)

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