First of all, did you know it is perfectly legal to have sex with a 16-year-old in Ghana?
You must note that though it is legal to have sex at 16, it is against the law to get married before one turns 18.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is leading a stakeholder discussion on the proposal to increase of the age of consent to sex from 16 to 18 to uphold the reproductive justice of boys and girls, Modern Ghana reports.
Their point is that even though the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) pegs the age of sexual consent at 16years old, the minimum age for marriage is 18years as enshrined in the Children’s Act 1998 (Act 560) section 14(2).
What this supposed to mean is that whiles a 16-year-old boy is too young to marry, he is not too young to have sex. The sensibility of these aspects of the law has left a gap between these two child legislations.
The sector ministry says it is therefore prudent to increase the age of sexual consent to match the minimum age for marriage. The goal of this exercise is to protect adolescents from abuse and from consequences they may not be fully aware of when engaging in sexual activity.
But the two sides of the argument is that, if a child is too young to marry before the age of 18, is he/she old enough to have sex at age 16? Or, considering that children are becoming sexually active early in their lives, is it prudent to keep the age of consent at 16 or even reduce it?
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