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Issue of ‘Age of Consent:’ Government retracts.

[b]Issue of ‘Age of Consent:’ Government retracts. [/b]

[b]Colombo, 25 September, (Asiantribune.com): [/b]Sri Lanka Government has decided not to proceed with the proposed controversial amendment to Section 363 of the Penal Code on rape which deals with the age of consent of the girl. Due to mounting pressure from the civil society as well as from that of the Medias, Government has come forward to give-up the idea of amending the Age of Consent of the girls from the age of 16 to 13 years.

Last week the Government spokesman told the media of the proposed change on the Age of Consent. “Asian Tribune” was quick to point out that the issue of proposed penal code amendment on the age of consent for specific categories could be harmful and urged the Government to reconsider take a proper look at the amendment whether it was really essential.

Asian Tribune in its The issue of proposed penal code amendment on the age of consent for specific categories dated 19 September 2005, analyzed the whole issue as follows:

[b]The Issue[/b]

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has proposed an amendment to the penal code to the cabinet on the issue of reducing the 'age of consent' of girls to 13 years from the present 16 years, when she has had a sexual encounter with a person of 21 years (Adult male) or younger (Could be less than 18 years), where the Attorney General's department would have the discretionary powers to decide on the prosecution after considering the available evidence including as to whether the sexual act was 'consensual' by the girl of 13 years (to 16 years).

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