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13 Jan, 6 tweets, 1 min read
In 2017, the Centre had opposed criminalizing marital rape, stating that the same will have the effect of destabilizing the institution of marriage.

So what's changing now? ++
The reason why men legally get away from being legally prosecuted for rape within a marriage is an exception to Section 375 of IPC, "which exempts forceful sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife from the offence of rape, provided the wife is above 15 years of age."

It is now the Petitioners' case that this same marital rape exception 'violates a woman's right to dignity, personal and sexual autonomy and her right to self-expression enshrined under the Constitution of India."
Amicus Curiae Rajshekhar Rao has also supported criminalization of the act. He classified the relationship of a couple into three stages; courtship, engagement and separation;
...and argued that it is irrational that whereas five minutes before the marriage the act is a criminal offence, 5 minutes after marriage it is condonable.
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