Thursday 24 September, 2020

President assents to amended Marriage Act

President Anthony Carmona on Thursday assented to the Act to amend the Marriage Act (Miscellaneous Provisions (Marriage) Act, 2017. 

The Act, No. 8 of 2017 is an Act to amend the Marriage Act, Chap.45:01, the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act, Chap. 45:2, the Hindu Marriage Act, Chap. 45:3, the Orisa Marriage Act, Chap.45:4 and the Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Act, Chap.45:51, which raises the legal age of marriage to 18, effectively outlawing child marriage.

The Bill was passed in Parliament June 9, 2017 without amendments, with 35 members voting for, zero against and zero abstentions.


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