News > No plans to reduce age of consent for consensual relationships, says Centre
No plans to reduce age of consent for consensual relationships, says Centre
21/12/2022 09:59 PM | Click to read full article
Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act, 2012 enacted to safeguard children from sexual abuse and sexual offences clearly defines a child as any person below the age of 18 years. The Act was further amended in 2019 to introduce more stringent punishment, including the death penalty for committing sexual crimes on children to prevent such crimes.