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Opinion about age of consent in Deccan Chronicle

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The move to retain the age of consent of consensual sex at 18 years has evoked mixed reactions. Will it be the step forward in curtailing crimes against women?

The fatal Delhi gang rape inci dent shook the very conscience of the nation and resulted in citizens demanding a stringent anti-rape law to curb the atrocities against women. The government formed a committee, which was lead by former Chief Justice J.S. Verma, to suggest amendments to the existing law. In the recent past, as a part of the anti-rape bill, the Centre proposed to lower the age of consensual sex from 18 to 16 and incurred the wrath of the opposition and many activists, who reckoned that lowering the age might result in teenagers indulging in pre-marital sex, especially since women have to be 18 years old to get married. The anti-rape bill was introduced on Tuesday, which retained the age of consent of consensual sex as 18.
Many in the city share their opinions on how far playing with the age of consensual sex, will help to curtail crimes against women. Nirmala Kotravai, founder of Movement Against Sexual Exploitation and Sexism (MASES) reckons that decision of setting a legal age for consensual sex will not contribute towards the safety of women. “The bill is aimed at protecting women and children women and childre below the age of 18 from being exploited, but what about exploitation above the age of 18? How much are we sure about women not being raped after 18? It gives room for someone to take advantage quot ing the age of consensus,“ she points out. Actress Khushboo wonders how this move can reduce rape, but contested the claim that a reduction of legal age to 16 could send across a wrong message to youngsters. Khushboo says, “In India, rape knows no age bar. A woman as old as 45 also is raped in some corner of the country . How will reducing or increasing the age bar for consensual sex make a real difference.“ Clearly unhappy at the earlier decision to change the age for consensual sex to 16, she says, “If a person gets to vote at the age of 18, so everything else should start at that,“ she says.

On the other hand, Kirthi Jayakumar, a lawyer (human rights and gender-based violence) argues that this law is idealist but impractical, adding that 16 years would be a more realistic age for current times. “Yes, it is true that most people in India find even consensual sex before marriage unacceptable. But, it is also a fact that some boys and girls have sex before the age of 18. Some advocate that the age of consent be 16, which is more realistic, and some think 18 is ideal,“ she relates.

Changing the age of consensual sex to control crimes is a “ridiculous move“ exclaims Priyamani. “No great change can come about in two years. If the age for consensual sex is 16 and the legal marriageable age is 18, a two-year gap is not going to make much of a difference,“ she remarks, in conclusion.

Thanks: Deccan Chronicle.

Netizens outraged by denial of right to free speech – Deccan Chronicle, Chennai edition – page 5

Netizens outraged by denial of right to free speech – Deccan Chronicle, Chennai edition – page 5

my views:

Raising a query about why only common men and women were targeted for such harmless expressions of opinion, women’s rights activist Nirmala Kotravai asked, “Even Press Council chairman Katju said he was not going to pay home to Thackeray. So, is he going to be arrested?”

In a country, where the public has the right to even to call back their elected representatives, this is a mere violation of Constitutional rights. She fumed, dismissing section 66A of the cyber law as vague and against the rights granted by the Indian constitution.

Husband as paymaster? No thanks – in Deccan Chronicle

  • September 12, 2012
  • By K. Sreedevi
  • DC
  • chennai
The Union government’s idea of making husbands pay salaries to their wives or homemakers has not gone down very well with many women.

The draft Bill being considered by the Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry for socio-economic upliftment of homemakers is actually an impediment and not empowerment, say many women’s groups in the city.

As per the recent proposal, husbands will be required to deposit 10-20 per cent of their monthly salary in a bank account which has to be opened in their spouses’ name as a fixed monthly salary.

Though folks like Nagamma, a domestic help are elated at the thought of “having a regular income from her drunkard husband” and women like homemaker Shantha Rangasamy are happy “finally they will get some money for their daily routine,” many are of the opinion that insisting the husbands to pay may make it ineffective.

“It is nothing but a patriarchal decision that again makes women dependent on their husbands,” says women’s right activist Ms Nirmala Kotravai. “If the idea is to empower housewives, we are once again falling back on the man’s income. It is the government which should foot the bill and not the husbands,” says the founder of women’s organisation MASES.

Ms Sheelu, president of Women’s Collective, agrees, “If the government pays farmers who are producing food for the country, what’s wrong in paying women who rear the future citizens of the country?” There is no doubt that the value of household work should be recognised but the Bill in this form will only end up spoiling spousal relationships, she says.

Ms Leena Manimekalai, a poet and independent filmmaker says, “Salaries from husbands reinstates patriarchal values and endorses the role of a wife as a ‘sexual slave’. Women can be liberated from the tyranny of the family only when governments step in. This bill insults women and re-appropriates them as a family property.”

The Bill, meanwhile, has already evoked some jokes from the men: “This will at least ensure that some money is left for me as my wife takes away the entire salary and gives me only a daily allowance.”

source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/chennai/husband-paymaster-no-thanks-437