Muslims to be allowed to get married under Marriage Registration Ordinance

Muslims are to be allowed to get married under the Marriage Registration Ordinance.

A proposal in this regard has been submitted to the Cabinet and approval has been obtained.

The Government pointed out that as per the 12th Section of the Constitution no citizen shall be discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, language, cast, sex, political opinions, or place of birth.

However, the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act has included specific provisions that discriminate against women.

Various women’s organizations belonging to the Muslim community and Muslim Law scholars have pointed out the need to repeal such provisions from the law.

“Therefore, under the common law governing the marriage and divorce of the citizens of Sri Lanka, it has become appropriate to provide them with alternative opportunities to govern the marriage and divorce of people from the Muslim community as well,” the Government said.

As a result, the Cabinet has approved a proposal tabled by Justice Minister Ali Sabry to amend the Civil Procedure Code which contains the marriage procedure, allowing Muslims to get married under the Marriage Registration Ordinance. (Colombo Gazette)

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