The chairperson of the committee, Jessie Majome, said: “We’re here to get your views.
The General Laws Amendment Bill will not prosecute boys under 16 who engage in sexual intercourse with girls under that age.” She said Section 70 of the Code (sexual intercourse or performing indecent acts with young persons) prevents the sexual exploitation of young persons.
“However, it’s in society’s interests to protect all young persons from being “’’sexualised” prematurely, regardless of whether the perpetrator is, for instance, a boy of 15 who has “consensual” sexual intercourse with a girl of 13,” Majome said.
“Where two young persons aged between 12 and 16 engage in sexual intercourse or an indecent act, it’s proposed that neither of them should be prosecuted for the crime of sexual intercourse or performing an indecent act with a young person, unless the report of a probation officer finds that it’s proper to prosecute one of them for the offence.” In this regard, residents said the Bill should not be passed if the above section was not amended.
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THE new General Laws Amendment Bill recognises early sexual activities by children under the age of 16 as it is proposing that they should not be prosecuted for having sex with each other.
Gweru residents yesterday immediately blasted the bill saying the age of sexual consent should be raised to 18 years.
The girl is still young and small in stature and mind.
Cornelius Selipiwe, the Gweru Workers Committee spokesperson, said children should be disciplined from an early age if they are found engaging in sexual activities.
He said with the coming in of Information Communication Technology, today’s girl child should be protected from abuse even by boys of the same age.
Apostle Linos Nyerenga, who did not state the name of his church, said sexual consent should be allowed at the age of 18.
He said it was sad to note that society wanted to acknowledge early sex but that would result in the country raising spoilt children.
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