The legal age of consent for sexual activity varies by jurisdiction across Asia, from age 9 to 21 years of age. The specific activity engaged in or the gender of participants can also be relevant factors. Below is a discussion of the various laws dealing with this subject. The highlighted age refers to an age at or above which an individual can engage in unfettered sexual relations with another who is also at or above that age. Other variables, such as homosexual relations or close in age exceptions, may exist, and are noted when relevant, for example in Indonesia. The below is a list of all jurisdictions in Asia as listed in List of sovereign states and dependent territories in Asia.
Age of Consent Around the World
Age of Consent - Definition, Examples, Cases
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The age of consent has risen over time throughout the world. A look at debates on the age of consent illuminates the relationship between law, morality, and liberty. In , two court judgments in France incited public outcry. Both cases concerned sex between year-old girls and men who were aged over 28 Calant As the men were not charged with statutory rape, the cases highlighted the absence of a set age of consent in France — the age under which a child is assumed to be incapable of giving consent to sex.
In western law, the age of consent is the age at which an individual is treated as capable of consenting to sexual activity. Consequently, any one who has sex with an underage individual, regardless of the circumstances, is guilty of a crime. Narrowly concerned with sexual violence, and with girls, originally, since the 19th century the age of consent has occupied a central place in debates over the nature of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, and been drawn into campaigns against prostitution and child marriage, struggles to achieve gender and sexual equality, and the response to teenage pregnancy. This module traces the shifting ways that the law has been defined, debated and deployed worldwide and from the Middle Ages to the present. An age of consent statute first appeared in secular law in in England as part of the rape law.