Criminalize marital rape

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Criminalize marital rape

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Nalini Sharma started this petition to Maneka Gandhi (Union Minister for Women and Child Development) and

Section 375, the provision of rape in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) mentioned as its exception clause- “Sexual intercourse by man with his own wife, the wife not being under 15 years of age, is not rape.”

Statistically, women are 40 times more likely to be sexually assaulted by their husband than a stranger. Fewer than 1 percent of sexual assaults within marriage are reported to police. It is ironic that in India, where marriage is sacrosanct, you can rape your partner. 

Marital rape is a human rights violation. Then why is the horrific act of rape committed within a marriage legal in India? No social custom or religious belief permits rape. Sex without consent is rape and marriage is no exception.

Sign this petition to urge Maneka Gandhi, Indian Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development, to take measures against this. We will stand up for the criminalization of marital rape in India.

If Maneka Gandhi takes action on this, we will be able to spread the message that marriage is not a permission to rape. We will be able to spread awareness that consent is not something that you get permanently from your partner at the time of marriage, but rather something that needs to be obtained every single time. We will create a better environment for children growing up. And for this, we need your support.

Stand up against injustice and sign this petition. Share it with your friends and family. Spread awareness. Change the world. Thank you.    

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