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Consensual sex at 16 years?

Consensual sex at 16 years?
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The UPA government has proposed to lower the age for consensual sex from 18 to 16 years. Will this Law further affect the sexual crime rate?...

The UPA government has proposed to lower the age for consensual sex from 18 to 16 years. Will this Law further affect the sexual crime rate? Students in A Hyderabad share their views on the subject Yuvraj Akula han2I think it is a positive and progressive move by the government to lower consensual age from 18 to16 years. The present generation is blessed with good education, knowledge and maturity. With sex education being made mandatory in school curriculum, most of the teens are aware of positive and negative aspects of indulging in unsafe sex . Today's most teens attain puberty at the age of 12-13 years and it is natural to get attracted towards the opposite sex. When two people indulge in consensual and safe sex, I don't think that is a crime, but just fulfilling a natural need. The UPA's proposal may not yield full results until teenagers are not taught sexual Laws, punishments, and negative aspects of indulging in forceful sex. Don't we all know that it is easier to bend or cut a plant and not when it is a tree?
- Abhinay Kunchala, Medico,
Foreign medical College han3Children are becoming sexually aware at the age of 8-9 years thanks to the media and television and its sexually explicit content. Statistics show that children are sexually active by the age of 15 to 16 even though they are not adults. But how can a person who is not legally considered an adult in India, who is not allowed to consume alcohol, be legally allowed to have sex? Who are we trying to fool by reducing the age for consensual sex? Reducing the age for consensual sex would also mean an increase in the number of teenage pregnancy cases and hence rise in the number of abortions. How are we going to deal with that? I fail to understand how reducing the age for consensual sex can help reduce the number of rape or sexual assault cases in the country? How are we going to protect the minors from sexual abuse in the name of consensual sex? This is just not a political matter but it is a huge social matter and lawmakers will have to look at it from various perspectives, keeping the rights and interests of youngsters at large. - Taher, MCJ, Osmania University
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