There have been reports that the Government will drop the age of consent
measure from the Bill rather than see its fast-track plans to combat crime delayed.
Any attempt to lower the age of consent
runs the risk of encouraging early sexual intercourse.
Opening the debate, Home Secretary Jack Straw said lowering the age of consent
for male homosexuals was about creating a society "free from prejudice".
I BELIEVE that the age of consent
should have been lowered for homosexual people.
To contemplate lowering the age of consent
with so little done or said to address their vulnerability would be to compound this neglect.
The Cabinet cleared the bill, which proposes to lower the age of consent
from 18 years to 16 years, on Thursday.
Not surprisingly, the Dutch Association for the Integration of Homosexuality played a key role in lowering that nation's age of consent
It recommended tougher measures against child pornography and raising the legal age of consent
to at least 16.
The document, Age of Consent
- The case against change, published by The Christian Institute, says it is supported by public opinion, common sense, the Christian faith and medical and sociological evidence.
According to the author, women, like politicians, business elites and physicians, joined campaigns around prostitution, white slavery, and the age of consent
in an effort to preserve the Victorian code of "civilized morality.
THE age of consent
is currently 16 and it should stay there.
The Samajwadi Party, which extends outside support to the Congress-led UPA, has raised objections against the provisions relating to stalking and lowering age of consent