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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First Published on: April 29, 2015 7:41 pm
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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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                    SaveAsuicide
                    May 2, 2015 at 1:51 am
                    1. FalseR4pe on lover boy, If men does it consensually it is R4pe. Men in live-in Relation is R4pist, If a Men has taken better #mychoice than is R4pe And Now if Men Marries in India bows his all love, body, time and money for a Women. This is also a R4pe - but not of a Women - That is a RAPE of MEN and Indian MARRIAGE ! 2. If husbands beats and tortures wife there are laws, police, courts and society to sympathize with women and if there is no love she can file divorce, why criminalize the essential part of love ? 3. Rape, DV, Dowry ,498a laws are already being grossly misused by wrong women in the name of women empowerment - Can someone name a single law to punish a women who does violence, suicidal attempts, and affairs, 4. Even if she sleeps with any other men, and it is proven also - Then also there is no law to stop a Wife. DO YOU READ THAT ? 5. This is huge propaa to spread misandry by foreign funded NGOS, Organizations, political parties to divide Indian Public today on basis of GENDER 6. Every men is a potential rapists, Indian Men are rapists , Indian Men must only deserve goats are some kind of comments that topmost , pure and pristine women in Bollywood, Politics, media have said to a Indian MEN including you if you are a MAN- Accept it and googl this
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                      Anil
                      May 12, 2015 at 2:13 am
                      Congress is always wroks for Vote Bank Politics. So they use consepts to divide people. Thats way they tried to implemented westren feminst based policies in the Name of women empowerment and equility but reality is victimizing men.
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                        Mir
                        Apr 30, 2015 at 12:57 am
                        Then how are we different from Taliban and Isis , who treat women as their personal property ?
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                          kaka
                          Apr 30, 2015 at 10:19 am
                          Why is the govt still stuck in the sixties ?
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                            countk99
                            Apr 30, 2015 at 6:43 am
                            First your comment is irrelevant to this article. Second there is no comparison between AAP freebies and Haryana govt decision in terms of money as AAP freebies will be in thousands of crores. Nothing wrong in giving free laptops to MLA’s if it improves their work efficiency. Increasing loan is not giving away the money freely and the person who takes loan has to pay back with interest.
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                              countk99
                              Apr 29, 2015 at 8:57 pm
                              How come UN Committee came to know that India husbands are raping their wife's? Anyone in your life so far came across or heard off that so and so husband raped his wife? Be it in your family, friends, relatives or neighbours. The problem comes with this type of laws against men is when there is dispute between wife and her husband then wife goes and files all types of cases which are in her favour. It is husband nightmare to prove that he is not guilty.
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                                Govind Melitte
                                May 2, 2015 at 9:53 am
                                "If something in wrong in our culture and ethics, we need to fix it." Lol and you say there is? On what proof?
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                                  Francis Alexander
                                  May 3, 2015 at 2:37 am
                                  In India money buys spouses , 17 year old beautiful girls are married to a 37 years old charmless boy ,only consolation to the bride and their family is that the boy is well off. Marriages happen in this way. This is also a discrimination. However, the girl remain happy if she is adored with luxury of bridegroom's wealth
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                                    Mithun
                                    Apr 29, 2015 at 9:38 pm
                                    So the ministry thinks there shouldn't be no law just because the implementation is hard? Boo Hoo! That's a cowardly atude. We haven't been able to stop caste discrimination either.. why not takes it off the books? The purpose of the law is to clearly specify what is right. Not what is practical. If we can't categorically specify what is ideal, what's the point of rule of law?
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                                      Jim
                                      Apr 29, 2015 at 8:23 pm
                                      Useless... disgusting.
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                                        Jay
                                        Apr 30, 2015 at 10:11 am
                                        Bunch of jokers in the BJP call themselves MPs for dicriminating women?
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                                          Jay
                                          Apr 30, 2015 at 10:05 am
                                          The CM of gujarat never honored his marriage and even went to the extent of concealing the fact that he was married. Court will soon follow him as an example and not even be bothered about the basic rights of women.
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                                            Tomar
                                            Apr 29, 2015 at 10:51 pm
                                            I think marital rape is a crime and should be included in the IPC as such.
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