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Govt proposes to lower age for consensual sex from 18 to 16

New Delhi, Mar 5: The government has proposed to lower the age for consensual sex from 18 to 16 and reintroduce the word ‘rape' instead of ‘sexual assault' in the new criminal law amendment bill.The

PTI PTI Updated on: March 05, 2013 22:28 IST
govt proposes to lower age for consensual sex from 18 to 16
govt proposes to lower age for consensual sex from 18 to 16

New Delhi, Mar 5: The government has proposed to lower the age for consensual sex from 18 to 16 and reintroduce the word ‘rape' instead of ‘sexual assault' in the new criminal law amendment bill.




The draft of the bill has been readied by the government to replace the recently-promulgated criminal law amendment ordinance.

Official sources said the Union Cabinet is expected to discuss the draft of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 in its next meeting.

The word or concept of ‘rape' is understood to have been reintroduced instead of ‘sexual assault' with a much wider definition as per the recommendation of the Verma Commission, sources said.

Like the ordinance, the age for consensual sex has been lowered from 18 to 16 but there is no marital rape.

The proposed bill is incorporating most of the clauses which are part of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2013 promulgated on February 3 following the recommendations of the Justice J S Verma Commission, constituted in the wake of December 16 gangrape in Delhi.

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