Eleven women have petitioned the Supreme Court invoking fundamental rights enshrined in Articles 12(1 & 2) and 14(1)(g) of the Constitution to protect Excise Notification 02/2018 of January 10, 2018 from amendment and/or revoking.
The said Notification which turned back the Excise Notification No 666 of 1979, permits women to purchase alcohol and to work in places where alcohol is sold. Following the issuing of the Notification, President Maithripala Sirisena announced that he would revoke it. Yesterday the cabinet of ministers unanimously decided to withdraw the Gazette notification on extending business hours of liquor shops and allowing females to buy or sell liquor.
The petition filed by Nishanthi Bandaranayake, MDJB Fernando, Samanalee Fonseka, M.D. Chandima Ravini Jinadasa, Deepanjalie Abeywardana, Sabrina Esufally, Sharanya Sekaram, Randhula de Silva, Meneka Galgamuwa, Sujatha Gamage and Visakha Tillekeratne can be read here