The government is currently considering the reduction of the marriageable age in the country to 15 years.
Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne says the proposal to reduce the marriageable age had been by the judiciary.
The current marriageable age is 18 years and Marriage Registrars do not have the mandate to give any person below the age in marriage.
Addressing the anniversary celebrations of the All-island Registrars Association and the 40th anniversary of the Ratnapura District Registrars Association, Seneviratne has said stated the suggestion to reduce the marriageable age has been opposed by several women’s organizations.
“When the boy is convicted and sentenced to jail, as and when the girl visits him in prison we have seen them crying and embracing each other and emotions run high. The boy serves a prison sentence of two or more years and thereby several years of his youth go waste,” the Minister has explained.
However, Seneviratne has said that until amendments were made, the Registrars should follow the existing laws on the marriageable age.