Parental consent for minors to get married to be axed

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The Cabinet has given the green light to repeal the Kandyan Marriages and Divorce Act’s provision on parental consent for minors.

Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs, and Constitutional Reforms Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe told the media yesterday (2) that the provision requiring parental permission is not included in the general law practised in Sri Lanka.

He said there are other areas where amendments should be properly applied, and the Cabinet agreed to look into those as well.

Approval of the Cabinet of Minister had been granted on 26 October 2021 to draft a Bill 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.

The Legal Draftsman has prepared a Bill for this purpose and the clearance of the Attorney General has also been received for it.

Accordingly, the Cabinet approved the proposal presented by the Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms to publish this in the Government Gazette.

By Thameenah Razeek