The non-criminalization of marital rape

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The Parliamentary panel’s decision on March 1, 2013, to back the government on the non-recognition of marital rape as a criminal offense is baseless and absurd, and the reasons for such a move still remain unclear.
“The Standing Committee on Home, in its report on the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012, agreed with the view of the home ministry that criminalizing marital rape would weaken traditional family values in India, and that marriage presumes consent,” the PTI report stated. “… It has practical difficulties. If litigations are allowed, then the family system will be disturbed,” committee chairman Venkaiah Naidu of BJP said in response to questions.” The panel cited “practical problems” as the reason for the exemption, as opposed to the Verma Committee’s recommendation to remove the exception on marital rape from the Indian Penal Code, according to a PTI report.
In 100 countries across the world, marital rape is a criminal offense and is punishable by law. In India, however, marital rape is counted as offense only when the couple is separated.

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Author: Dr. Anwesha Bhattacharjee

Data Scientist turned Product Manager, Writer, Choreographer, Vocalist

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