COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena has overruled a move that allows women to buy alcohol in the country.
Sirisena informed a rally that he has ordered the government to withdraw the amendment that permitted women to buy liquor and work in the bars.
The president said he came to know about the reforms only from the news.
The Sri Lankan government said last week it was changing a 1955 law, agreeing that it discriminated against women, BBC reported.
The decision attracted strong criticism from the leading Buddhist monks of the country who claimed the move will destroy the country’s family culture.
Responding to the criticism, Sirisena ordered to repeal the bill.
The decision has also drawn criticism from the pro-alcohol community on Twitter.
Sad. @MaithripalaS believes women have impaired decision-making abilities. So why is he taking credit for increasing women’s representation if they can’t take a simple decision about buying or not buying alcohol? https://t.co/t0zkG1vGa3
— Rohan Samarajiva (@samarajiva) January 14, 2018
And for anyone preparing to mock Sri Lankan women’s outrage at being officially prohibited from buying alcohol, check your analysis. This is not just about this archaic sexist law but the archaic sexist system in which this law is just one more tool of control.
— Subha W (@smwij88) January 14, 2018
Statistics from 2014 suggest that majority of woman in the country do not drink, respecting the tradition. The data shows 80.5% of women chose not to drink at all compared to 56.9% of men.