Kitui Women representative Dr. Irene Kasalu has trashed a proposal by three judges of the Court of Appeal to have the Sexual Offenses Act amended to lower the age of sexual consent from the current 18 years to 16 years.
During the landmark ruling they made on Wednesday last week, the judges had said that there is need to amend the act, as some of its sections can lead to injustice contrary to the noble intentions of the law.
Speaking at Nguutani market in Migwani sub county, Kitui distribution of empowerment funds to women under the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF), Dr. Kasalu said that at the age of 16, Kenyan teens are still very naïve hence nobody should assume that they can make sound decisions on whether to engage in sexual activities or not.
The Kitui Women Representative instead proposed the consent age to be increased to 20, in order to allow teenagers to first complete their education before they are allowed to engage in sexual matters.
Dr. Kasalu also said that there is need to introduce tough punitive measures to men who lure young girls into sex, such as castration or chopping off their sexual organs if this proofs to be the only solution to the increasing rates of teen pregnancies, rape and defilement.
The law maker said that allowing children as young as sixteen years to do sex would expose them to more danger, owing to the current state in the nation where many dreams of young girls have been shuttered due to early pregnancies.