Chennai, Feb 01 (Jagran News Network): In a bid to decriminalise juvenile offences, the Central government is seeking to lower the age of children for non-penetrative sex.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has shoot off a draft of Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Bill, 2010 to states seeking their views on permitting 12-year-old children for non-penetrative sex. The Bill will also be scanned by the Cabinet and a parliamentary standing committee.

According to the Bill, children of age group 12-14 years and 14-16 years were allowed for consensual non-penetrative sex which is presently 16 years. It mentions that in case of the age group 12-14, the maximum age gap between partners should be two years. For the 14-16 group, the maximum difference should be three years.

Law Minister Veerappa Moily said, “Twelve years is anyway not a proper age for a sexual act.”