Even if the age is lowered, it doesn't answer a big question: 'Are Indian children mature enough at the age of 16 years to get involved in physical intimacy?' Two kinds of answers came to the forefront. Richa Dubey of Gurgaon Girlcott said, “Given the time that we are living in, yes children become mature by 16. If we compare them with my generation then today kids are much more advanced - physically, mentally, and sexually.”
Contradicting this opinion, Sumedha Goswami, who works as a PR person in a prestigious firm said, “I don't think that 16 years is a good enough age to commit to any physical relationship, as at that age teenagers are vulnerable, naive and not mature enough to make such decisions. We might have advanced in many ways but even now people in India are not that mature by 16 years.”
Assuming that the bill is passed and the age of consent to have sex is lowered from 18 to 16 years, so will it have any effect on the masses? Sudipta Sengupta, senior management person said, “The age bar actually does not make a difference as people will do what they have to do. Kids these days are mature enough, although this differs from person to person. But I feel a whole lot will not change (if age is lowered).”
The bill would, however, complicate matters as chances of abuse of teenagers will increase. The authorities, with this bill, are actually creating more loopholes for criminals to escape, and they should think it through before making any hasty decision. If the age of consent was set at 18 years, then it was done for a reason. Agreed that with urbanization kids are growing up faster but the scenario is not the same for all over India as we still have rural areas where a lot of abuse takes place, and this bill will only increase the evil.
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