Sri Lanka: Stop Forcing Underage Girls to Marry

Target: Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Goal: Demand that Sri Lanka abolish the law that allows underaged girls to be married against their will.

Girls as young as twelve are being forced to marry against their will. Muslim community leaders have the power to decide the minimum marriage age for young girls due to an outdated Sri Lankan law. Demand that Sri Lanka abolish this law and protect these innocent children.

“I cut my arms as there was no other option. I also took some pills from my uncle’s place,” stated Shafa, a victim of the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act. Fifteen-year-old Shafa was forced into an arranged marriage by her aunt and uncle. When she objected, she was beaten and threatened. Even after turning to self-harm, she was forced to marry an abusive man.

Shafa escaped from her marriage, but fears for her future. Due to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act, hundreds of girls like Shafa are forced to get married every year. Sign below and demand that Sri Lanka abolish this abusive law.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Wickremesinghe,

Girls as young as twelve are cruelly forced into marriages under the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act. These children are often beaten and threatened when they voice their objections. We demand that you abolish this law and protect these innocent girls.

“My message to the Muslim community and religious leaders is please do not destroy the childhood of these children,” stated Shreen Abdul Saroor of the Women’s Action Network. She has bravely spoken out in defense of the girls who are forced to become wives and mothers when they are only children themselves. These children are not physically or emotionally prepared for these roles and forcing them to comply is abuse.

Underaged marriage is often dangerous for the children involved. We demand that you abolish this law for the safety of all Sri Lankan children.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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6 Comments

  1. Pedophilia – in this case, under the CLOAK of RELIGION – is horrifying and unconscionable. Pedophilia is NOT ok because some religion says it is.
    All such men, and their women supporters, should be imprisoned for their crimes.
    No child should ever have to experience the atrocity of forced marriage which includes sexual abuse and usually other types of abuse as well.
    This disgusting law must be abolished.

  2. Lauren Rischel says:

    It is the act/law of subhumans. The ‘men’ who ‘marry’ girls are child rapists, period.

    This is the all-too-common fate of girls throughout the islamic world. Given the draconian customs and laws against women, enforced by sharia law, I really don’t see where islam being referred to as ‘The Religion of Peace’ has any validity.

    You know, little things like honor killings, female genital mutilation, horrible punishments for infractions of modesty rules, being in the wrong proximity to males. Stuff like that.

    • Child marriage – or legalized child rape – is not confined to Islam. It occurs in Judaism, Hinduism and other religions as well. And of course, it is legal in the U.S.A.
      Ritual child genital mutilation is practiced against innocent girls and boys in other religions besides Islam.

  3. As long a such is prevalent in a society, progress is not possible! Sex crimes can never be part of any religion!

  4. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop traditional arranged marriage. its wrong and its not acceptable. myths about child marriage. children may have early puberty and get married so early to adults or adolescents, thats just not realistic expectation. certain adolescents were arranged to get married to each other but still forced marriage. children should be single and sexual not be married.

  5. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    i meant children should be single and asexual not be married. sorry about that.

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