Nothing like marital rape: Controversial tweet by Sushma Swaraj’s husband sparks Twitter outrage

Swaraj Kaushal, while responding to a question on whether he was defending marital rape, tweeted out, saying "There is nothing like marital rape. Our homes should not become police stations". The comment immediately sparked an online debate on the insensitivity of the quote.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 29, 2017 4:34 pm
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Supreme Court lawyer and ex-governor Swaraj Kaushal, whose social media presence is usually one that is appreciated for its intellectual wit and the way he cheekily tackles questions pertaining to his wife, Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, is now in hot waters for a very controversial tweet on marital rape.

It started when Kaushal tweeted about an ongoing plea by an NGO being heard by the Delhi High Court on opposing several petitions requesting that marital rape be called a criminal offence. Sharing an article on the Centre telling the court that criminalising marital rape may destabilise institution of marriage, putting the family system under stress, Kaushal tweeted, “There will be more husbands in the jail, than in the house”. To this, a Twitter user asked him if he was defending marital rape? “Are you defending marital-rape?” tweeted Amit Choudhary, from the handle @HesperusThinks.

That is when Kaushal replied, “There is nothing like marital rape. Our homes should not become police stations”.

Read the exchange here.

Unsurprisingly, his comments immediately sparked a social media outrage, with many pointing out the atrocities faced by women in abusive marriages, to others who scoffed at “A man taking it upon himself to casually dismiss violence directed at women”. Soon after the tweet went viral, Kaushal increased the privacy protection on his account, thereby making the tweet inaccessible by most. But by that time, many had taken screenshots of the controversial statement, and were responding to that on the website.

Here are some of the explosive reactions, Kaushal’s tweet garnered.

 

Amid the barrage of angry tweets against Kaushal, though, there were some who raised the issue that even husbands remain unprotected by the law.

The Delhi HC was today hearing a case filed by the NGO Men Welfare Trust, representing men victimised by alleged misuse of gender laws, opposing several petitions to make marital rape a criminal offence. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar allowed the intervention application by NGO, Men Welfare Trust, and allowed it to address the court.

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