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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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class="MsoNormalAlternatively, the Nation is eager to tell the readers what they want to hear, and thus feeding into the populist narrative that age of consent should remain at 18.
Based on the evidences given above traditionally across the globe in the past the age of consent for marriage was a matter for the family elders to decide or following their predecessor's custom.
"It is a little-known fact - and something that the younger generation need to be made aware of - that even if you photograph your girlfriend or a friend's girlfriend who is over the age of consent, that's illegal.
It reads: "Paul, David Mickey and Nettie were dissatisfied with the idea of an age of consent. Nettie and Mickey felt strongly, that if there was to be an age of consent, mutual sexual experiences below the age of consent should not be dealt with as assaults."
Ms Hewitt's was the only name reportedly on the press release publicising the NCCL's call for a reduction in the age of consent.
This will be used to promote the lowering of the age of consent.
But a spokesman for No 10 said: "We reject the call to lower the age of consent. The current age is in place to protect children and there are no plans to change it."
A spokesman said: "We reject the call to lower the age of consent. The current age is in place to protect children and there are no plans to change it."
"However, I do believe a distinction must be made between a person who is within weeks of the legal age of consent and an innocent child.
The Union Cabinet earlier on Monday approved the amendments to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 keeping the age of consent for sex to 18 instead of 16.
" If age of consent is reduced to 16, it will encourage child marriage, which is still a problem in India," the resolution adopted by the party's National Council meeting on Sunday said.
The government's dilly-dallying on the age of consent and stricter punishment for juveniles has caused consternation among law enforcers who believe that the government wants to put something in place hurriedly without vigorous consultation process.