age of consent

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age of consent,

the age at which, according to the law, persons are bound by their words and acts. There are different ages at which one acquires legal capacity to consent to marriage, to choose a guardian, to conclude a contract, and the like. For marriage, the age may be higher for males than for females if the jurisdiction does not guarantee equal rights to men and women. Age of consent also means the age below which consent of the female to sexual intercourse is not a defense to a charge of raperape,
in law, the crime of sexual intercourse without the consent of the victim, often through force or threat of violence. The victim is deemed legally incapable of consenting if she or he is known to be mentally incompetent, intoxicated, drugged, or below the age of consent at
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. Under common law this age was 10; state statutes in the United States generally set it between 13 and 18. See also consentconsent,
in law, active acquiescence or silent compliance by a person legally capable of consenting (see age of consent). It may be evidenced by words or acts or by silence when silence implies concurrence.
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Chidambaram, endorsed the recommendation to bring down the age of consent for sex from 18 to 16.
Effectively, the age of consent for sex with males is no longer 16.
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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.
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CHANNEL 4 is to suggest that the age of consent for sex be lowered to 14.