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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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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.
The reason we have an age of consent is to protect children who are unable to protect themselves.
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.
I did not agree with the proposal in February 1976 to lower the age of consent," said Mr Dromey, now a home affairs spokesman in Ed Miliband's Labour frontbench team.
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.
A spokesman said: "We reject the call to lower the age of consent.
I was a few weeks shy of my 16th birthday, 16 being the legal age of consent in Scotland, when I engaged in a fully consensual relationship with a teacher whose real identity I have always been careful to protect.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi party (SP) and other political parties demanded that the age of consent for sex be 18 years and not 16 as envisaged in the Ordinance.
Even as the clamour against the lowering of the age of consent is growing, the caste panchayats in Haryana have again sought the government to consider lowering the age of marriage for girls to 16.
Less than a year ago, the UPA government had notified 18 years as age of consent for sex after deliberating on the issue for years.