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Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 15
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 18
* Child marriage prevalence is the percentage of women 20-24 years old who were married or in union before they were 18 years old (UNICEF State of the World’s Children, 2017)
12% of girls in Sri Lanka are married before the age of 18.
Legal age of marriage
The legal age of marriage for civil marriages in Sri Lanka is 18 years old. However, the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), which regulates Muslim marriages, does not set a minimum age of marriage.
Sri Lanka is a member of the South Asian Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC), which adopted a regional action plan to end child marriage. The regional action plan is to be implemented in 2015 – 2018. Find out more.
Members In Sri Lanka
- UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016
- BBC News, The wounded victims of Sri Lanka’s child marriage law, 20 June 2017