New Anti-rape Laws Proposed
Minister of Child Development and Women’s Affairs Tissa Karalliyadda has proposed new laws to crackdown on the number of rape cases.
As part of the proposal, the Minister has suggested that rapists be bound by law to marry a victim if she gives her consent to court.
Legally, a girl can marry only after passing the age of 18. Under the proposed law, a rapist will be forced to wait until an underage victim reaches the legal age limit to marry and will then need to marry her.
Karalliyadda said that the proposal is to be submitted to the Ministry of Justice to draft the new laws and obtain Cabinet and then Parliament approval.
“The idea is to ensure the victim gets justice. If she feels the rapist must marry her for what he did to her, then she must have that option,” the Minister said.
The Minister said that he will also propose that politicians accused of rape be temporarily stripped of their party membership pending an inquiry.
He noted that some politicians continue in active politics despite being charged for rape. The Minister said that he will discuss the issue with President Mahinda Rajapaksa as well.