Cabinet approves consensual sex age as 18

Updated: March 18, 2013 21:03 IST

Following serious objections raised by various political parties over lowering the age of consent for sex from 18 to 16 in the proposed anti-rape law, the government on Monday agreed to raise it back to 18. The decision comes after two all-party meetings where main opposition BJP and other parties suggested that lowering of age of consent to 16 will encourages pre-marital sex. The government will now a present a new bill which is likely to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

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