Delhi HC delivers split verdict on criminalisation of marital rape

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A DIVISION bench of the Delhi High Court delivered a split verdict on petitions seeking criminalisation of marital rape, paving the way for the matter to be adjudicated by the Supreme Court.

  • One of the judges struck down as unconstitutional the exception to Section 375 of the IPC. 

  • He said that sexual intercourse by a man with his wife aged 18 and above is not rape even if it is without her consent.

  • However, another Judge said that issue requires consideration of social, cultural and legal aspects.

  • The High Court said that criminalizing marital rape may destabilize the institution of marriage.

  • What is Marital Rape?

  • Marital rape is the act of sexual intercourse with one's spouse without the spouse's consent.

  • Lack of consent is an essential element and does not involve physical violence.

  • It is considered a form of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

  • Section 3 of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 provides the definition of domestic violence, which includes physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse.

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