The UNP condemned a ttempts by the government to lower the age of consent for girls to 13 from 16.
`The cabinet last week decided to lower the age of consent for girls to 13 years from the present 16 years. Is the rape of young girls the priority in this country?,` asked UNP Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake.
He asked if the country was not facing an unprecedented crisis of an astronomical cost of living and mass unemployment. `Is there not a threat of reverting to the war in the North and East. What about creation of jobs and providing homes for tsunami victims, healthcare, education and infrastructure development?`
`Sri Lanka is already burdened with a high rate of drug addition and are new trying to increase the number of women who are intimacyually harassed and raped. Who other than those who think in an irrational manner would even even think in the manner. We must ask the government who is behind this lobby to increase rape and intimacyual harassment. Who are the intimacy maniacs and paedophiles behind this campaign?` he asked.
Karunanayake said Sri Lanka has far too many problems and issues which need urgent attention such as the cost living unemployment, the peace process.
We do no know who in the government is working on a hidden agenda to increase the umber of rape victims and abused children. Instead of helping these rapists, action should be taken to control this menace.
The UNP condemns this attempt to lower the age to consent to 13 and urge that the age should instead be increased to 18 years, Karunayake concluded.