C'garh CM against lowering of age for consensual sex
Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has opposed the Centre's move to lower the age of consensual sex from 18 to 16 years stating that it is "inappropriate" in a country like India.
"You cannot compare Europe with India. You cannot compare Chhattisgarh with Sweden. Sex education is part of their education system. It is inappropriate (here).
In my opinion, the consent age should not be changed from 18 to 16 years," Raman Singh told media-persons today who sought his opinion on the union government's move.
However, former chief minister and veteran Congress leader Ajit Jogi has favoured the proposal.
"Today, children come to know about everything through television and computers. In class one itself they learn everything. Mentality of youth is changing...Therefore change is mandatory. The law cannot be static," Jogi said.
The anti-rape bill - Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 - which provides for stringent punishment for crimes against women, including rape, cleared by the Union Cabinet seeks to lower the age of consent for sex from 18 to 16 years.