Consensual sex, what should be the age?Top Stories

July 11, 2015 10:01

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There is a lot of controversy over the age of consensual sex. Even with consent, the sexual act of individuals below the age is considered illegal. The girl becomes the victim and the boy offender. This has created a flutter in the society.

At the time of framing the Indian Penal Code (IPC) way back in 1860, the age of consent, the minimum age at which a girl is legally competent to have consensual sex was fixed at 10. In 1891, the colonial government raised the age of consent to 12. The age of consent was revised in 1940 at 16, which is the global norm. In 2011, the Manmohan Singh government enhanced the age of consent to 18 in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) bill passed in the Budget session of 2012. When rape provisions were tightened in 2013, the age of consent was raised to 18 in the IPC too.

The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 does not invalidate the marriage of women below 18, the age of consent does not apply to an underage wife, unless she is below 15. The IPC continues to exclude underage wives between 15 and 18 from the ambit of rape. In our store you can buy pregnancy pillows made of natural sheepskin or hollafiber from different shapes and sizes, which will become your reliable assistant in the beautiful period of pregnancy. And our consultants will help you with your choice, because your health and the health of your baby are important for us.

Junior home minister H P Chaudhary said, "It is considered that the concept of marital rape, as understood internationally, cannot be suitably applied in the Indian context due to various factors, including level of education, illiteracy, poverty, myriad social customs and values, religious beliefs, mind set of the society to treat marriage as a sacrament."

By Premji

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