Actress and politician Khushboo has said that in her considered opinion, 18 years for girls is just the right age for them to decide whether or not to indulge in consensual sex.
“Lowering the age bar for (having) consensual sex from 18 to 16 won’t be advantageous at all; the decision appears to have been taken in haste by the Union government,” she has opined.
Last week, the Union Government came under fire from many quarters for tabling a Bill in parliament to reduce the age for girls (to indulge in) consensual sex from 18 years to 16 years. In the face of increasing crime, especially related to sexual assaults, against women and girls all over the country, the move was criticized as one which might abet these crimes.
Following widespread opposition to the move all over the country, the government withdrew the above-said Bill for the present and has said that the earlier age of 18 years would continue as the bar for consensual sex.
Commenting on it, Khushboo has said “Reducing the age bar won’t help in bringing down sex-related crimes; in fact, it would only assist such crimes. Laws should be more stringent and strict in dealing with culprits booked in such cases.
“Ironically, women of all ages have been raped in our country. When the voting age is 18 years, how can the government ever think of lowering the age for (having) consensual sex? It’s an ill-conceived move and I’m happy that the move has been shelved for the present,” she concluded.