Monday, September 24, 2012

Raising the Age of Consent - One step forward or Four steps back?

Raising the Age of Consent - One step forward or Four steps back?
 it has been specified in Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, wherein it is provided that sexual intercourse with a woman under the age of sixteen years, with or without her consent shall be considered as rape, thus implying that sexual intercourse with the consent of an individual above said age shall not be punishable. The present bill, however seeks to supersede this provision by redefining a child as “any person below the age of eighteen years”, in line with other enactments such as the Indian Majority Act, 1875, the Indian Contract Act, 1872 and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.
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