age of consent

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Age of Consent

The age at which a person may marry without parental approval. The age at which a female is legally capable of agreeing to sexual intercourse, so that a male who engages in sex with her cannot be prosecuted for Statutory Rape.

A person below the age of consent is sometimes called an infant or minor.

age of consent

n. (See: legal age, majority)

age of consent

see MAJORITY.
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Recommended lowering of age of consent for sex from 18 to 16 years Suggested that stalking be made a non- bailable offence while first offence of voyeurism could be kept as bailable Decided to retain the term " rape" instead of " sexual assault" and treat it as gender- specific
THE age of consent for sex should be lowered to 13 years old in a bid to end the "persecution of old men" in the wake of the Savile sex abuse scandal, a leading barrister has argued.
The group campaigned for the age of consent for sex between homosexual men to be decreased from 21 to 16 in line with the age for heterosexuals.
New Delhi, Mar 18 ( ANI ): The all-party meeting on the proposed Criminal Law Amendment Bill on strengthening anti-rape laws has ended with a broad consensus, with leaders expressing reservations on the age of consent for sex and demanding safeguards against misuse of the proposed law.
The legal age of consent for sex in Mississippi is 16 or 18 if the other person is in a position of authority or trust.
18 ( ANI ): The Union Cabinet on Monday approved the amendments to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 keeping the age of consent for sex to 18 instead of 16.
TEENAGERS will be asked what they think the age of consent for sex should be, it was announced yesterday.