The Age of Consent Act,also Act X ofwas a legislation enacted in British India on 19 March which raised the age of consent for sexual intercourse for all girls, married unmarried, from ten twelve years in all jurisdictions, its violation subject to criminal prosecution as rape.
While an case in a Bombay high court of a child-bride Rukhmabai renewed discussion of such a law it was the death of an eleven-year-old Bengali girl Phulmoni Dasi due to forceful intercourse by her year-old husband in that drove intervention by the British.
It received support from Indian reformers such as Behramji Malabari and women social organisations. The law was never seriously enforced and it Age limit for dating 1892 argued that the real effect of the law was reassertion of Hindu patriarchal control over domestic issues as a nationalistic cause.
InRukhmabai, a year-old woman was taken to Bombay high court by her husband Bhikaji after she refused to live with him. Having married him at the age of 11 years, never having consummated Age limit for dating 1892 marriage and having lived separately for nearly 8 years she refused to move back with him. She eventually lost the case. the death of an year-old Bengali girl Phulmoni Dasi after being brutally Age limit for dating 1892 by Age limit for dating 1892 year-old husband Hari Mohan Maitee served as a catalyst for its legislation   Hari Mohan Maitee was acquitted on charges of rape, but found guilty on causing death inadvertently by a rash and negligent act.
A committee consisting of influential British and Anglo-Indian statesmen established in London had submitted recommendations to the colonial government including the change in age of consent. The law was signed on 19 March by the government of Lord Lansdowne raising the age of consent for Age limit for dating 1892 from ten to twelve years. Behramji Malabaria Parsi reformer and a journalist from Bombay advocated for this legislation.
He published his messages in "Notes on Infant marriage enforced widowhood" in Although a Parsi, claimed to be as critical of Hindu customs and domestic practices as the British. Though women were not consulted for determining the effect of child-marriage, women in Bombay presidency including Rukhmabai and Pandita Ramabai made a cogent case for the ban on child-marriage in their magazines and social reform organisations.
Anandi Gopal Joshia Maharashtrian woman who also happened to be the first female medical doctor in India advocated interference of the British Government in child marriage. The Bill was opposed by many orthodox leaders who believed it as an interference in the Hindu religion. Bal Gangadhar Tilak opposed the bill stating "We would not like that the government should have anything to Age limit for dating 1892 with regulating our social customs or ways of living, even supposing the act of government will be a very beneficial and suitable measure" [ citation needed ].
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British India under Crown rule.