Jan 12, 2018

Sobhitha Thera opposes women being allowed to buy, sell alcohol Featured

Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha Thera has objected to the relaxation of laws by finance minister Mangala Samaraweera which now enables women to buy and sell alcohol.

He warns of strong action against this move.

Meanwhile, Hela Bodu Saviya has written to the president, asking him to act for a civilized society in consideration of the tomorrow of the country, nation and the future generation by taking speedy action with regard to the ‘funereal laws’ of Samaraweera.

Chairman of the organization, Ven. Budugala Jinawansa Thera says the minister’s move amounts to a challenge posed to the good governance stand of the government.

Threatens family, motherhood

It also threatens the family and motherhood, he notes.

Samaraweera on January 10 signed the gazette extraordinary that allows women aged over 18 years to buy and sell alcohol, with the relevant excise law of 1955 being amended.

Social media responses are mixed.

One, Praveen Sharma, said notwithstanding the gender, anyone is free to consume, or refrain from, alcohol.

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Another, Lalith de Soyza Jayawardena, claimed women already produce homemade wine from king coconut, carrots etc.

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Meanwhile, president Maithripala Sirisena said in 2016 that more women than men were addicted to alcohol in Nuwara Eliya district.