Section 363 of the Penal Code makes rape a serious offence and provides information on the specific offences that fall under the offence.
Contradiction in the law !
However, there is a contradiction in the law regarding statutory rape.
A study by the Sri Lanka Medical Law Association has also pointed out the need of revising the provisions of the Penal Code relating to statutory rape.
The Cabinet, therefore, approved the proposal by the Justice Minister to instruct the legal draftsman to draft amendments to the Penal Code to suit the present circumstances.
A document tabled by Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando revealed that 11,998 incidents of rape, 4806 of serious sexual abuse and 5,891 of child abuse were reported from 2010 to 2020.