PM discusses the need for amending marriages ordinance to ensure rights of Muslim women

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena held a discussion with Muslim women delegation headed by former Minister Farial Ashraff at the Temple Trees today (February 12).

The delegation, which included several Muslim lawyers stated that the Preamble of Marriage Ordinance Act 19 0f 1908 has excluded Muslim women from the marriage laws and it is essential to amend it to ensure that Muslim women also enjoy similar rights as other communities. The Prime Minister agreed to the need for amending the outdated ordinance.

The Muslim women delegation included Hyshyama Hamin, Hasanah Cegu Isadeen, Fathima Sabra Zahid, Fathima Amana and Sithy Ermiza Tegal, Legal Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr. Jayathissa De Kostha Additional Secretary Harsha Wijewardene and Registrar General Samantha Wijayasinghe were also present on this occasion.

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