Law Commission Finalizes Report on Raising Age of Consent to 16, Online FIR | Latest News India


The Law Commission of India on Wednesday finalized a report recommending lowering the minimum age of consent under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act from 18 to 16 years. Another recommendation for legislation enabling online filing of First Information Reports (FIRs) was also finalized by the Law Commission.

Ritu Raj Awasthi, Chairperson Law Commission of India.
Ritu Raj Awasthi, Chairperson Law Commission of India.

Law Commission of India Chairperson Ritu Raj Awasthi said that more work needs to be done to finalize the report on holding simultaneous elections in the country.

Asked about the report on ‘One Nation, One Choice’, Awasthi said, “Some more work needs to be done and we are in the process of finalizing it now”. He also refrained from providing a tentative date for the simultaneous election report.

After finalizing the recommendations on the issues, the 22nd Law Commission will send its reports to the Ministry of Law and Justice.

Wednesday’s meeting of the Law Commission comes days after a high-level committee headed by former President Ram Nath Kovind held its initial meeting to discuss the feasibility of holding simultaneous elections across the country. The panel discussed various aspects including the possibility of a common voter ID card and voter list and necessary amendments to the law.

An eight-member committee was announced by the central government on September 2 to look into how elections to the Lok Sabha, state assemblies, municipalities and panchayats could be held simultaneously in the country, a plan that would save money, but A plan that includes Many legal and procedural complications.

The idea of ​​holding simultaneous elections was supported by the Law Commission in 2018, citing the burden of repeated elections and the need for a workable constitutional formula. The Election Commission of India has also said it supports the idea, citing its logistical, financial and legal feasibility based on analysis and historical precedent.

However, opposition parties strongly opposed the idea and said holding simultaneous elections would inevitably help the incumbent government.

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