Sri Lanka has lifted a ban on the sale of alcohol to women, which operated for over 60 years

На Шри-Ланке отменили запрет на продажу алкоголя женщинам, который действовал более 60 лет

Sri Lanka has lifted a ban on the sale of alcohol to women, which operated for over 60 years
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In Sri Lanka the majority of women traditionally prefer not to drink alcohol. Photo: Evgeny GUSEV

However, most women traditionally prefer not to drink alcohol, believing that it is contrary to the culture of the country.

The government of Sri Lanka has lifted a ban on the sale of alcohol to women over the age of 18. This prohibition is in force in the country for more than 60 years, is recognized as discriminatory, reported the BBC.

The law forbidding women to buy alcoholic beverages, operated in the country since 1955.

The Finance Minister of Sri Lanka Mangala of Samaraweera noted that women are also allowed to work in places where alcohol is sold, without prior approval of the authorities.

Earlier, Samaraweera stated that such laws hinder the development of the country, and their abolition is a key objective of the authorities. In addition, in 2016 the President Maitripala Sirisena said that over the past few years in Sri Lanka has sharply increased the number of women who illegally drink alcohol.

At the same time, opponents of repeal fear that the changes may lead to an increase in the number of women drinkers.

Noted that in Sri Lanka the majority of women traditionally prefer not to drink alcohol, believing that it is contrary to the culture of the country.

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