Kandyan Marriage Act to be Amended

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 20 2021

By Thameenah Razeek 

Cabinet has agreed to amend the Kandyan Marriage and Divorce Act and to direct the legal draftsman to draft a bill. The Marriage Registration Act No. 12 of 1997 amended Section 22 of the Marriage Registration Ordinance to require parental consent for the marriage of a minor.

A party under the age of 18 cannot enter into a valid marriage in Sri Lanka, according to the judgment of the case Gunaratnam vs. the Registrar General. The existing law considers parental permission or consent to such a marriage, invalid. The provisions of the law authorising the marriage of a minor with the consent of a  competent authority, according to that judgment, will however be repealed, according to the proposed amendments. Accordingly, steps have also already been taken to draft a Bill to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act and the Cabinet has approved to repeal the relevant inconsistencies in the Kandyan Marriage and Divorce Act too and advise the legal draftsman to prepare a Bill for the same.  

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 20 2021

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