The Sri Lankan president has sparked outrage after re-instating a law banning women from buying alcohol and serving alcohol in bars.
The 39 year old law was originally revoked by the finance ministry however the president ordered the ban be reinstated, despite concerns that laws were sexist.
When the law was revoked, the finance minister was accused of encouraging drinking and some groups urged the president to have the law re-invoked.
The measures include a ban on women working in bars, distilleries and breweries.
The government also reduced the operating times for bars.
The decision came as the president believed women buying alcohol would contribute to the breakdown of families.