A link to an article would be nice. A thread based on a couple of pics?
Btw universal civil law cannot be superceded by Religious laws especially archaic laws from the dark ages , Does'nt matter what reason given economic or social.. This need to be done
wtf are the Child protection authority doing ? Strict legal action need to be taken against these fucktards using Children in a protest on the subject of Marriage ??
What are your views on amending Muslim marriage laws?
Written by adavoice
// November 2, 2016 // Social
// 4 Comments
The Government on Sri Lanka has decided to appoint a committee to consider reforms to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act.
The Government says that certain provisions in the Muslim Law including the minimum age for marriage do not conform to the norms stipulated in some international conventions in which Sri Lanka is holding membership.
It is the view of the Government that it is necessary to amend the provisions to ensure it is in line with international conventions.
Accordingly, a proposal made by Minister of Justice Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa to appoint a Cabinet Sub-committee to make proposals to the Cabinet of Ministers regarding suitable amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers last month.
The committee chaired by the Justice Minister and with all the Muslim ministers as members will discuss the matter in the coming days.
Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Mustapha, Minister for Water Supply and Drainage Rauff Hakeem, Minister of Public Enterprise Development Kabir Hashim, Muslim Religious Affairs Minister Abdul Haleem and other members of parliament are part of the committee.
Meanwhile the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has welcomed the cabinet decisions to appointment another committee to address the reforms needed to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act.
The ministry of Justice had earlier appointed a committee of 17 eminent representatives of the Muslim community under the leadership of former Supreme Court Judge, Saleem Marsoof to make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act.
However, this report has still not been released, according to the MCSL.
The Muslim Council said it is deeply concerned about the statement made by Sagala Ratnayake, the Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development at the cabinet media briefing on October 26th that the reforms to the Muslim Marriages and Divorce Act has to be enacted as part of the conditions to regain the GSP Plus concessions from the European community.
“There is certainly a need to amend the Muslim Marriages and Divorce Act, but this has to be done in consultation with the Muslim religious leadership and the Muslim community in Sri Lanka and not at the dictates of the European Union or the International Community.”
“The demand by the international community to intervene in a religious issue could cause irreparable damage to co-existence in Sri Lanka,” it said.
The Muslim Council said that similarly, there is widespread concern that the North and Eastern provinces would be merged by the current administration to accommodate the demands of the international community.
The foreign policy of the Sirisena-Wickramasinghe administration should not be on the dictates of the International Community but in the best interest of the citizens of this country, it said.
The Muslim Council urged the government to address the concerns of the Muslims through a consultation process with Muslim political, religious and Civil Society leadership.
The Women’s Action Network (WAN), a collective of activists and human rights organizations from across Sri Lanka, has sought either the annulment of Article 16 of the Sri Lankan constitution or its amendment because it allows the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) of 1951 to continue to sanction discriminatory practices against Muslim women.
According to WAN, Article 16 makes all written and unwritten laws in existence before the promulgation of the constitution valid and operative despite inconsistencies with fundamental rights.
“Article 16, by upholding the MMDA sans reforms, renders Muslim women second-class citizens by not guaranteeing them equal protection under the law. Muslim women, including victims of child marriage, have articulated very strongly to the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reform, that the constitution must guarantee that their human and citizenship rights are not violated in the name of ‘cultural and religious rights’ and that every woman and girl in this country should enjoy equality and basic human rights regardless of religion or ethnicity,” WAN said in August.
Justifying the demand, WAN said that for decades, Muslim women’s groups, working closely with victims, have been advocating reform of the MMDA and the Quazi court system.
Women’s groups have documented numerous cases of injustice faced by Muslim women under the MMDA. The minimum age for marriage is not prescribed. The process of divorce is different for men and women and disadvantageous to women. Polygamy is allowed without conditions. And compensation is arbitrary to name only a few of the disabilities faced by women as a result of the MMDA.
Multiple cases of child marriage have been documented all over Sri Lanka in Muslim communities, which is enabled by the MMDA and Article 16