Sex With Underage Wife Is Rape, Indian Supreme Court Rules

Published on October 12, 2017 by fahmidah

India’s supreme court has struck down a law allowing men to have sex with children as young as 15 provided the pair are married.

But the court stopped short of revoking an exception in the country’s criminal law that permits rape in marriage, currently the subject of separate legal proceedings.

A two-judge bench of India’s highest court was responding to a public interest lawsuit arguing that the exception to sexual assault laws for “a man with his own wife, his wife not being under 15 years of age” encouraged child marriage.

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