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According to the 1977 Israeli Penal Code, the age of consent in Israel is 16, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, for any form of sexual intercourse involving penetration (unless the person over 16 is the one being penetrated – in which case the age of consent is 14). In all cases where penetration is not involved, the age of consent is 14 years (for heterosexual and homosexual activities). A special case occurs when a person has had sexual intercourse with an elderly partner at the age of 14 or 15; In this case, the older partner would be exempted from criminal responsibility if three conditions are met: the age difference between the partners was less than three years, the younger partner gave consent, and the act is the result of “regular friendly relations” and without abuse of power. [ref. needed] Sexual activity outside marriage is illegal in Afghanistan. The minimum age of marriage is 12 for men and 13 for women. [1] The legal age of consent to sexual activity varies across jurisdictions in Asia, ranging from 9 years (Yemen) to 21 years (Hong Kong in terms of women having sex). The specific activity or gender of the participants may also be relevant factors. Below is a discussion of the various laws that deal with this issue.

Highlighted age refers to an age at or above which a person can have full sexual intercourse with another person who is also at that age or above. Other variables, such as same-sex relationships or near-age exceptions, may exist and may be noted, for example in Indonesia. Article 103 regulates any type of sexual activity with minors under the age of 15 (or minors under the age of 18 who are unable to understand the legal significance and consequences of such acts) such as the sexual abuse of children. [24] There is no age of consent in Pakistan. All sexual activity in Pakistan is illegal until marriage. The minimum age of marriage is 18 for men and 16 for women. In some cases, women are allowed to marry at the age of 14. Once two people are married, their age is no longer an issue and sex is legal. Consensual same-sex relations are criminalized in Pakistan.

Rape is punishable by imprisonment. Since 1986, the penalty has been either life imprisonment or the death penalty for victims under the age of 16. Single women under the age of 14 are presumed to have given their consent. [29] According to Article 349 of the updated Penal Code, the death penalty for the rapist is only allowed if the rape results in the death of the sexually assaulted woman. [27] According to Section 305 of the South Korean Penal Code, the age of consent in South Korea is 20. This is one of the oldest ages of consent in the world. Previously, the age of consent in South Korea was 13, one of the lowest in the world. However, there were significant demands at that age that led to several complicated cases that sometimes seem to contradict each other. Note: This age is measured in the international age, which starts at zero on the birthday, as opposed to the Korean age which counts time in the womb and adds a year on January 1, so it is usually 1-2 years older than the international age. Article 8 of the Law on Combating Abduction, Trafficking in Human Beings and Exploitation of Human Beings states: “Anyone who commits debauchery involving a minor under 15 years of age, even if the consent of the minor in question has been obtained or if the person has bought the minor from someone else or from a pimp, shall be punished by ten (10) to twenty (20) years` imprisonment. In the case of repeated infringements, the maximum penalty applies. [41] The 2015 Penal Code states that the age of consent in Vietnam is 16, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

[119] [120] Any sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage is illegal in Brunei. [35] The age of consent in Brunei is 16. The Prevention and Suppression of Prostitution Act 1996 regulates gratuitous sexual activity with partners under the age of 18 and is often interpreted by local authorities to include sexual situations involving ordinary people rather than prostitutes. In addition, the Criminal Code (Amendment) Act 1997 made it illegal to commit an “indecent act” with a person under the age of 18, even if that person is a consenting participant.