Pramod Muthalik and Kannada litterateur M Chidananda Murthy have opposed the recent SC verdict on pre-marital sex. Their contention is, and I quote this from the article in ToI:

It can happen only in foreign countries, where almost 33% of 13-year-old girls get pregnant because of such liberal laws. If the same is allowed here, we would face similar consequences,”

Err, gentlemen, I have two innocuous questions for you:

  1. Have either of you ever hear of the term “age of consent” and do you understand how it relates to the matter at hand?

  2. Do you have even the remotest idea how many teenage pregnancies there are in India and what role child marriages play in this statistic?

Looking forward to some enlightenment from your esteemed selves.

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