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May 19, 2022
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Marital Rape: Delhi High Court Gives Split Verdict

Two Indian judges have expressed diametrically opposing views on marital rape in a much-awaited court verdict.

One of the judges has struck down an exception in a British-era law that says a man cannot be prosecuted for rape within marriage.

But the second judge refused to modify Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code which says sex “by a man with his own wife” who’s not a minor is not rape.

The case is now expected to be appealed in the Supreme Court.

Wednesday’s Delhi high court order comes as a setback for feminist advocates who have been campaigning for a change in the law, which has been in existence since 1860.

Over the years, more than 100 countries have outlawed marital rape – including Britain in 1991.


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