Kenyan judges want sex consent age lowered

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Three senior judges in Kenya have proposed lowering the age of sexual consent to 16 years from the current 18 years, report says.

The three Court of Appeal judges are opposing lengthy jail terms imposed on young men for “sleeping with teens who were willing to be and appeared to be adults”.

The judges cited a case where they reversed a jail term of 15 years imposed on a man for making a 17-year-old girl pregnant, says the report.

The judges also said underage girls and boys often engage in sexual relations “with their eyes fully open”, reports the paper.

“Our prisons are teeming with young men serving lengthy sentences for having had sexual intercourse with adolescent girls whose consent has been held to be immaterial because they were under 18 years”, the judges are quoted as saying.

Dominica Nwabufo