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Criminalise marital rape in India

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Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) considers the forced sex in marriages as a crime only when the wife is below age 15. Thus, marital rape is not a criminal offense under the IPC.

"In 2015, a woman came forward about having been raped and assaulted by her husband.She was hospitalized for her injuries, however, her husband was never prosecuted. The woman took the issue in the form of a petition to India's Supreme Court. Her petition was dismissed, the court saying that the law couldn't be changed on the basis of one person's experience."

"In a high court in India in 2012, it was ruled that if a woman denied her husband sex, it was a form of abuse.The ruling was later upheld by India's Supreme Court as well, saying that being denied sex was a valid reason for divorce.  It is seen this way because by denying her husband sex, she is also denying him happiness. "

I am starting this petition because I believe husband is not "Pati Parmeshwar", and a woman has right over her body even after marriage. I don't understand why this isn't obvious for lawmakers of our country. 

Changing thinking of people and prejudices will take generations and I'm not trying to do so. I just want that if a woman is aware of concept of marital rape, has been raped by her husband and she has enough courage and strength to go to court, she should atleast get justice. 

I am also aware of rape on men, and believe they happen. A man too if is forced to have sex by his wife, and has taken initiative to report the case, which is even more difficult for a man in India should get justice. 

I am not speaking against sanctity of Indian marriages. But, if the bond is so "sacred", and is made in heaven, I don't think rape should be allowed in such a godly bondage of life. 

Support if you feel you have right to your body and emotions after marriage. 


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