Kenyan judges lowering age of consent.

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Three judges have reversed the 15-year sentence of a man who impregnated a 17-year-old girl, ruling that it was time the country considered a revision of the Sexual Offences Act.

They argued that it's unrealistic to assume that teenagers do not engage in sex, and that there's a need for greater proportionality in punishing different cases.

"Our prisons are teeming with young men serving lengthy sentences for having had sexual intercourse with adolescent girls, whose consent has been held to be immaterial because they were under 18 years," the judges ruled.

The debate, however, has sparked a Twitter frenzy across Kenya, attracting support and objection in equal measure.

Those opposed...

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