Dear friends, consent of a child or girl over 16 yrs of age is a valid defence against charges of kidnapping and rape. It is inconsistent to other laws relating to consent. Moreover, consent in these type of acts is rather a sensitive matter as compared to consent in other matters. Should it be enhanced to 18 yrs i.e. the consenting age in civil matters?
The Allahabad High Court while dismissing an appeal against conviction has posted the matter on 31st August, 2009 for an statement of Attorney General of India and Advocate General of the State regarding the stand of government regarding amendment in these old provisions. This appeal was filed on the ground that age of the girl was 17 yrs and she had consented. ( source –