Sri Lanka to raise age of persons considered children from 16 to 18 years
Sri Lanka’s Government is considering plans to ensure that gender equality proposes amendments to the Children and Young Persons Ordinance to raise the age of persons acknowledged as a child from 16 years to 18 years.
The government’s Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) said increasing the age of a person considered a child is to reduce the exploitation of children in the country.
“This proposal is the result of a discussion spanning several years”, the PSC said in a statement.
“This would also prevent children from engaging in certain categories of work until they are 18 years of age.