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Intercourse With A Wife Less Than 18 Years Is RAPE; Well Done Supreme Court

In a landmark judgement, The Supreme Court on Wednesday October 11, 2017 ruled that sexual intercourse with a girl who is below 18 years of age is a crime even if the girl is married. Earlier in August Supreme Court had said that forced marital intercourse and sexual acts are not rape and hence, cannot be considered as a criminal act.

Since then the Parliament has continuously debated the issue of marital rape and every time they reached a conclusion that it is not a criminal offense if the sexual act is done in the bond of marriage. The Apex court however, sought to questioning the Parliament about the protection of married girls between the age of 15-18. The bench was hearing a plea regarding the rights of a girl to approach court for intervention if her husband violates her. The court was to decide if it was permitted for a man to have a physical relationship with his wife if she is between 15-18 years of age.

The SC said that the minimum age for a girl to get married is 15 years but any physical relationship with the girl before she turns 18 would be counted as Rape. This decision is one more step towards the betterment of girls. Even though it is illegal to get a girl married before the age of 15 but India is a country where such practices continue even after being banned. This decision will safeguard girls who get forced into marriage and suffer sexual advances from their husbands.

We hope that people look beyond this judgement and understand that child marriages scar the lives of the two children who get forced into it. And rape is after all a rape because it lacks the element of consent. It can be with a stranger, an acquaintance or a husband.

1 Comment

  1. Supreme court has done their part now its our duty to make this society aware of this…
    Well done and congrts all indians for this historical decisions of supreme court…

    बहुत दुखः की बात हैं कि अब संस्कारो को निभाने के लिए और नैतिकत का न्रिवाह करने के लिए कानून को आगे लाना पडता हैं।

    हमारा भारत महान???
    कब बनेगा।।।।।।
    Nice writeup by the way..

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