Friday, 6th August 2021

Amendment to Muslim marriage and divorce act approved by cabinet

Colombo, Aug 21 (BAN/ AD): Cabinet of Ministers has approved amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) of 1951. The decision was taken at the weekly meeting held on Tuesday. The Muslim community and human rights activists have been of the opinion that certain provisions of the act should be amended.

As per amendments the legal age for a Muslim marriage and the process that should be followed when registering a marriage. The legal age has been fixed as 18 as agreed by the Muslim MPs. Also it is compulsory for bride to sign the Register of Marriage as a sign of her consent. The MPs have also decided to upgrade the required qualification for a ‘Kadi’, an Islamic judge to Attorney-at-Law and allow female Kadis, women who will adjudicate family law of Muslims.

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