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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Sri Lanka May Repeal Parental Consent Requirement for the Marriage of Minors

From 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. 

“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.

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