INDIA CLOSES MARRIAGE LOOPHOLE WHICH ENABLED SEX WITH CHILD BRIDES

THE SUPREME COURT JUDGES, HOWEVER, DECLINED TO RULE ON ANOTHER CASE CHALLENGING THE LAW GOVERNING MARITAL RAPE.

INDIA DOES NOT RECOGNIZE MARITAL RAPE AS AN OFFENSE.THIS COMES DESPITE REPEATED EFFORTS BY ACTIVISTS TO INTRODUCE A LAW MAKING IT ILLEGAL IN RECENT TIMES.

"We are left with absolutely no other option but to harmonise the system of laws relating to children," the Supreme Court's Justice Madan Lokur said in his decision.
This meant that boys aged 17 were being prosecuted for having sex with girls their own age, while older men escaped a statutory rape charge because they were married to adolescent wives.
India does not recognize marital rape as an offense.This comes despite repeated efforts by activists to introduce a law making it illegal in recent times.

The landmark ruling threw out the exception that judged sex with a girl below the age of 18 to be illegal, but then legal in cases where the girl, aged 15-18, is married. This meant that boys aged 17 were being prosecuted...

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