Marriage sacred in India, so marital rape cannot be applied: Centre

According to United Nations Population Fund, 75 percent of the married women in India are subjected to marital rape.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: April 30, 2015 8:41 am
marital rape, marital rape in India, Marriage in India, Indian society, Indian marriages, DMK MP Kanimozhi, Rajya Sabha, India latest news According to United Nations Population Fund, 75 percent of the married women in India are subjected to marital rape.

The Concept of marital rape cannot be applied in India as marriage is treated as a sacrament or sacred as per mindset of the Indian society, the government on Wednesday said.

“It is considered that the concept of marital rape, as understood internationally, cannot be suitably applied in the Indian context due to various factors, including level of education, illiteracy, poverty, myriad social customs and values, religious beliefs, the mindset of the society to treat the marriage as a sacrament,” Minister of State for Home, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said.

He was replying to a written question of DMK MP Kanimozhi in Rajya Sabha.

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Kanimozhi had asked the Home Ministry whether Government will bring a bill to amend the IPC to remove the exception for marital rape from the definition of rape; and whether it is a fact that UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against women has recommended to India to criminalise marital rape.

She had also said that according to United Nations Population Fund that 75 percent of the married women in India were subjected to marital rape and whether the government has taken cognisance of the fact.

Chaudhary said the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Women and Child Development have reported that UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women has recommended to India to criminalise marital rape.

“The Law Commission of India, while making its 172nd Report on Review of Rape Laws did not recommend criminalisation of marital rape by amending the exception to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code and hence presently there is no proposal to bring any amendment to the IPC in this regard,” the Minister said.

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    bonku
    Apr 29, 2015 at 11:51 pm
    Ha ha ha.... No wonder beef is banned there under the same "Hindu, nationalist" Govt, who hardly knows the religion they claim to uphold- Hinduism! Sense of justice, ethics, honesty is not something that most Indians know or even care bout. no wonder- many, if not most, cases of domestic violence is not reported even among "educated" and affluent Indians abroad (including in USA). It seems that we, as a society, is going backward more under this Govt.
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      SacredRape
      Apr 30, 2015 at 2:57 pm
      SACRED RAPE ?
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        nishit sahay
        Apr 30, 2015 at 3:27 am
        Prima face this is a wrong decision but this paper is good in presenting selective news.. right now India has good laws to protect women but it's rarely used by the real victims.. Still, govt should reconsider their stand..
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          JJ
          Apr 30, 2015 at 11:38 am
          If marriage is a sacrament then rape is excluded by the nature of relationship - sacrament and imposition of one's will on the wedded partner are self contradictory. BJP has once again shown itself in poor light on subjects crucial to India's present and future, foremost of which is status of women
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            Diplomat
            Apr 30, 2015 at 9:32 am
            "vested interests are working hard to bring more laws to break the culture and family values". LoL. Why this phobia? If something in wrong in our culture and ethics, we need to fix it.
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              Diplomat
              Apr 30, 2015 at 9:35 am
              I think our focus seems to be more on "even though the criminal escapes". It is agreed that it is difficult for implementation & potential for misuse. But what stops GoI stating it bluntly that marital rape is rape and then we take efforts to fix the procedural issue & make gender equal law. Why take shelter of cultural bias and avoid to take stand about what is right.
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                ashika thomas
                Apr 30, 2015 at 12:37 am
                This is ACCEPTABLE that BJP Haryana govt gives freebies to their MLA ( laptop , loan waiver etc ) but it is UNACCEPTABLE that AAP gives freebies to Delhi Common man.
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                  Dhurandar Bhatawdekar
                  Apr 29, 2015 at 8:51 pm
                  yay
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