Interestingly, in 2013, the age of consent for sex
outside marriage was raised from 16 years to 18 years in India.
The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill-2013, brought against the backdrop of the country-wide outrage over Delhi gang rape, also makes it clear that the age of consent for sex
would be 18 years, which was a sticking point with political parties.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi party (SP) and other political parties demanded that the age of consent for sex
be 18 years and not 16 as envisaged in the Ordinance.
UNION Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde finally had his way on lowering the age of consent for sex
from 18 to 16.
Less than a year ago, the UPA government had notified 18 years as age of consent for sex
after deliberating on the issue for years.
There is no age of consent for sex
under Afghan law, HRW added.
As the graph shows, the age of consent for sex
varies significantly between countries, and in a number of cases may be considered to be too low.
I read once a UN table on the age of consent for sex
and the Philippines age limit of 13 broke all standards in liberalism.
The legal age of consent for sex
is 16, which means that the act between the minor and the 29-year-old can only be described as rape since consent is not even raised.
A POLICE leader has called for the age of consent for sex
to be lowered to take into account "youthful natural instinct".