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The issue of proposed penal code amendment on the age ......

[b]The issue of proposed penal code amendment on the age of consent for specific categories [/b]

[b]Colombo, 19 September, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] Many Sri Lankans are of the opinion that the proposed penal code amendment on the age of consent for specific categories could be harmful and a proper look at the amendment is essential.

Earlier, government spokesman Nimal Siripala de Silva, who is also the minister of health, told a weekly Cabinet briefing on Friday that the government was planning to lower the age of consent. He gave no reason, but said the proposal was approved “after much debate and a long review.”

Minister Justice Minister John Senevirathne said in interview with a news agency that the government is proposing to reduce the age of consent of the girls for sexual encounters to 13 years.

The Minister said that the government is concerned of the increased number of young men detained in remand prisons as a result of sexual encounters with their girlfriends.

He said: “Many girls are requesting to release them saying the encounter happened with their consent.”

Any sexual encounter with a girl under the age of 16 is currently considered as a rape in Sri Lanka.

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