oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The rights of the child in Sri Lanka

Volume 17, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



Although child abuse by parents is an extremely infrequent occurrence in Sri Lanka, the present attitude that parents have a lesser civil duty to the child than does the general public should be seriously reviewed not only in Sri Lanka but also in other countries throughout the world. Children are often considered as quasi-persons whose wishes and rights depend upon the parents in particular and society in general. However, there is strong concern throughout the world for the prevailing status of the child. The child in Sri Lanka is unique in terms of children's rights in that he is not only protected by legislation but also enjoys the protection of his parents for a considerable period.

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