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Dear MEL Topic Readers,
In India, growing clamour to criminalise rape within marriage
India became officially independent as of August 15, 1947. It is the largest democratic country in the world. But they still keep the British colonial-era law, which has been in existence in India since 1860. One of them regards marital rape. India is one of 36 countries that marital rape isn’t outlawed. The wife remains the property of her husband. Rape is illegal not because she is violated but because she is the property of another man. Despite the calls for striking down the archaic law, the government and many MPs argue that it could destabilize the marriage and could be used by women to harass men.
There are over 660 million women in India, whose human rights aren’t equal to men. When will they be treated with respect?
Read the article and learn about India’s legality of marital rape.