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Sex with Child Brides Ruled as Rape in India

India’s supreme court has recently made a ruling over men having sex with child brides, now sexual intercourse with wives under the age of 18 is rape.

New Age of Consent in India

In India the age of consent is 18, however, previously, men could have sex with their child brides who are aged 15 and over.

Marital rape is not a crime in India, but sex with a child under the age of 18 in any circumstance is now considered rape by the courts.

The ruling happened after the human rights organisation challenged the previous clause which allowed men to have sex with child brides.

“If a man has sexual intercourse with a wife who is below 18 years, it is an offence. The minor wife can complain against the husband within one year,” the court ruled.

“Exception in rape law is discriminatory, capricious and arbitrary… It violates bodily integrity of the girl child,”

Independent Thought founder Vikram Srivastava said:

“This is a landmark judgement that corrects a historical wrong against girls. How could marriage be used as a criteria to discriminate against girls?”

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