Age of Consent in Afghanistan
What is the Afghanistan Age of Consent?
Afghanistan has no legal age of consent, because marriage is legally required before sexual intercourse is allowed. If there is no age limit to marriage, there is effectively no age of consent between married individuals.
There is no age of consent in Afghanistan, as all sexual activity outside of marriage is illegal. The minimum age of marriage for men is 18, and is 16 for women.
Afghanistan does not have a close-in-age exemption. Close in age exemptions, commonly known as "Romeo and Juliet laws" in the United States, are put in place to prevent the prosecution of individuals who engage in consensual sexual activity when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both partners are below the age of consent.
Because there is no close-in-age exemption in Afghanistan, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 0 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare. Similarly, no protections are reserved for sexual relations in which one participant is a -1 year old and the second is a 0 or 1 year old.
Age of Consent across the world
The Age of Consent ranges from as low as 11 to as high as 20 years old across the world. Click any country for details, or view countries with the highest & lowest ages of consent.
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