It will take eons for our society to truly become broadminded and equal. In another example that reinforces patriarchy and misogyny, a 1979 Sri Lankan law that had banned the sale of alcohol to women was revoked last week but was reimposed on Sunday. The law was overturned in a bid to do away with sexist laws and bills from the statute books and had also repealed a ban on women working in bars. The law forbade women to work in places where alcoholic drinks are made or sold. However, once again the country has gone back after going a step forward. Sri Lanka reimposed the ban on women buying alcohol only days after it had revoked the sexist law as the move had generated backlash and criticisms. President Maithripala Sirisena had reimposed the ban after facing all the flak. Also Read - This Country Will Resume International Flights After Christmas

A spokesman for Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister told AFP, “The idea was to restore gender neutrality.” However, the move generated a lot of criticisms and backlash with the country’s National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection accusing Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera of encouraging the habit of drinking in the people. Finally, the President of Sri Lanka had to reimpose the ban. His office said in a statement, “From tomorrow (Monday), the minister’s order will be rescinded.” Justin Trudeau’s Video Wishing Tamilians on Thai Pongal in Three Languages Is Winning the Internet Also Read - Cyclone Burevi: Public Holiday Declared in 5 Districts of Kerala, Several Flights Cancelled

As reported by Sri Lanka’s EconomyNext news service, Maithripala Sirisena had claimed that he was, “was “committed to building a society based on democracy, freedom, justice and good behaviour”, hence he reordered the ban. The Finance Minister had also issued orders for bars and pubs to remain open longer but these were also rescinded by the president. Also Read - Cyclone Burevi Races Towards Tamil Nadu, Kerala; to Make Landfall in Sri Lanka Today