Sri Lanka lifts 38-year ban on women buying, selling alcohol

A Sri Lankan man sips an alcoholic drink at a bar in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Sri Lanka has revoked a 38-year ban on selling alcohol to women and employing them in places where the brews are produced and sold. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan man drinks beer at a bar in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Sri Lanka has revoked a 38-year ban on selling alcohol to women and employing them in places where the brews are produced and sold. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka has revoked a 38-year ban on selling alcohol to women and employing them in places where the drinks are produced and sold.

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera signed the notification revoking the ban to restore gender equality and promote tourism, a government statement said.

The ban had been in force since 1979, the early years of Sri Lanka embracing an open market economy. But many businesses had employed women to sell and serve alcohol and sold alcohol to them in spite of the ban.

The government also decided to allow liquor outlets to stay open an hour later, until 10 p.m.

The decision could become politically sensitive with clergy in the predominantly Buddhist nation opposing liberalizing alcohol consumption. However, many Sri Lankans consume alcohol.

People also read these

Authorities: Several demonstrators killed in...

Jun 2, 2017

Authorities say several killed during demonstration in Kabul calling for better security in Afghan...

Bombers kill at least 6 attending Kabul funeral

Jun 3, 2017

Afghan officials says a trio of suicide bombers in Kabul have killed at least six people attending...

The Latest: Afghanistan says 2 Iraq embassy staff...

Jul 31, 2017

Afghanistan's Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish has said that two Afghan employees died in...

Suicide bomber kills 3 outside Afghan cricket...

Sep 13, 2017

Afghan officials say a suicide bomber has struck outside a cricket stadium during a match in the...

Civilians hurt by US airstrike responding to...

Sep 27, 2017

The Taliban unleashed a barrage of rockets at the Kabul international airport that the insurgents...

About Us

Get all the up-to-date breaking news about politics, business, entertainment, sports, lifestyles, weather, traffic, and local news in a seamless digital environment only in Morning Dispatcher.

Contact us: sales[at]morningdispatcher.com

Subscribe Now!

Quick Links

HomePress