Monday 12 November 2018

Sri Lanka reinstates ban on selling alcohol to women

Health Minister Rajitha Senarathna said its removal violated the country’s cultural and moral values.

A Sri Lankan man purchases alcoholic beverages at a liquor shop in Colombo (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan man purchases alcoholic beverages at a liquor shop in Colombo (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

By Associated Press Reporters

Sri Lanka’s government has reinstated a ban on women buying alcohol and being employed in places where the drinks are produced and sold, a senior official has said.

The decision came nearly a week after the finance minister revoked the 38-year-old ban and extension of working hours for liquor shops.

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Sri Lanka reinstates women's alcohol ban (AP)

Government spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senarathna said the Cabinet at its weekly meeting reinstated the ban, saying its removal violated the country’s cultural and moral values.

He told reporters on Wednesday: “This is against our culture.”

Many businesses had ignored the ban and employed women to serve and sell alcohol.

AP

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