– One of the men was ambushed while on his way home from work and circumcised in public – The other one was also ambushed while going about his daily activities and cut against his will – The second man is reported to be recuperating well at his employer’s place – The incidents happened on separate days despite warning from authorities against forcing others to undergo the cut Two men have been forcefully circumcised at Soy Market on the border of Uasin Gishu and Kakamega counties. According to eye witnesses, the first man, 47-year-old Michael Iremi, was circumcised against his wish on Thursday, August 9, in the presence of other men. Read more: https://www.tuko.co.ke/283113-2-elderly-men-forcefully-circumcised-soy-market.html#283113
France has stopped short of setting a legal age of sexual consent following a heated debate in the National Assembly.
While the lower house of parliament voted on a bill to toughen laws on the rape of children, lawmakers voted against setting at 15 the minimum age at which a minor cannot consent to a sexual relationship with an adult.
As a result, there is still no law establishing a legal age of sexual consent in France.
The bill makes sex between an adult and a minor under 15 illegal but accepts the possibility that a minor is capable of consenting to sex.
In such cases, when the threshold for rape is not met, judges would classify the incident as “sexual assault” and offenders could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
However, if “the victim lacks the ability to consent” it would classified as rape and offenders would face up to 20 years in prison.
The text now has to be approved by the Senate before it can become law.
The government was recently warned by France’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, that setting a firm legal age of consent could be seen as violating an adult’s presumption of innocence and as a result it could have declared the new law unconstitutional.
Children and women’s rights groups nonetheless criticised the lack of legislation, pointing to the recent decision by French courts to refuse to prosecute two men for the rape of 11-year-old girls because authorities couldn’t prove coercion.