Muslims bodies against lower consensual sex age
New Delhi: Three leading Muslim groups are against the government decision to lower the age for consensual sex, saying it will be a blow to family and social values. Some of the groups are asking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to withdraw the proposal.
The Jamaat Islami Hind, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and the Muslim Majlis Mushwarat, an apex body of Muslim social and religious groups, said the move will have "dangerous consequences" for the society. The government must abandon the proposal, they said.
While consensual sex is itself a social evil, lowering the age limit for sex outside marriage will prove detrimental for social values and India's family structure, said Nusrat Ali of Jamaat Islami Hindi.
A group of ministers headed by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has decided that the age for consensual sex will be lowered from 18 to 16 years. The central government formed the group to finalize the anti-rape law.