Contemporary lived realities of Sri Lankan Muslim women reflect the urgent need for substantive reforms to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), to ensure equality and justice. These cases are gathered from interviews conducted with Sri Lankan Muslim women and shared with consent for the purpose of advocating law reform.
They are reflective of the present day issues and challenges faced by numerous Muslim women around Sri Lanka, with regard to provisions in the MMDA, as well as practical issues in Quazi courts at the community level.
*Names and places have been changed to protect identity.
For more first person narratives from affected women see Videos here.
For more information on contemporary issues regarding the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) and Quazi court system please refer to the ‘Unequal Citizens’ study.
For more information and limited available data on child marriages within the Muslim community read FAQ’s about Minimum age of marriage.