Cabinet approves proposal to reform MMDA

Cabinet has approved a proposal to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA).

A proposal to amend the Act was submitted by the Muslim Affairs Ministry and the Justice Ministry.

The proposed amendments include the minimum age for marriage and registering process.

The Government said that reforms to the MMDA had been sought by Muslims in the country.

Several rounds of discussions have been held on the MMDA reforms but a final agreement was never reached.

A discussion was held last month with the participation of Muslim women activists on issues faced by Muslim women.

Muslim Members of Parliament and members of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) had the discussion with Muslim women activists.

Consensus was reached on most issues except for a few contentious matters.


  1. A good start, but much needs to be changed in the present MMDA including marriage guardianship where a sane adult woman even past the age of 20 cannot contract a marriage of her choice without the permission of her closest male relative. This is a gross violation of a basic human right and besides has nothing to do with the true teachings of Islam:

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