Consent for sex : NCPCR supports lowering the age to 16

Consent for sex : NCPCR supports lowering the age to 16

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The new ordinance had been passed after outrage over the Delhi gangrape. PTI

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has said that it supports lowering the age of consent to 16 in criminal law.

The Home Ministry has reportedly suggested changes to the Criminal Law (amendment) Bill, 2013, seeking a reversal of the change made by the criminal law ordinance promulgated in February, which raised the age of the consent from 16 to 18 in rape cases (Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code).

Prior to the ordinance, sexual intercourse with a girl below 16 was considered rape, irrespective of consent. The ordinance, however, raised the age of consent to 18, implying that sexual intercourse by an adult with a girl below 18 would amount to rape, irrespective of consent.FirstPost

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