Sri Lanka restores ban on selling alcohol to women


President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka

A ban on selling alcohol to women will remain in place in Sri Lanka, after the finance minister reversed his earlier decision to lift the ban.

President Maithripala Sirisena had said on Sunday the ban would be reimposed.

On Thursday, Finance Minister, Mangala Samaraweera said he had canceled his decision to lift it at the “request of the Cabinet of ministers”.

In a filing to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, a group of 11 women activists opposed reinstating the ban, which also prevents women from working in liquor stores.

“Any such measure would deprive the members of the female gender, who have attained the requisite age specified by law from being lawfully employed at places of production and sale of liquor,” the petitioners said in their filing.

Officials at the finance ministry said the ban was lifted after repeated requests…

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