Sunday, Jul 03, 2022
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Sex In Marriage: Criminalising Marital Rape Will Save Institution Of Marriage

The recent split verdict from a division bench of the Delhi high court has once again brought to light an age-old debate in India with regard to the role of consent and the recognition of the agency of women in marriage. It throws open a bigger question—does allowing for marital rape actually protect the institution of marriage or does it harm it?

Nothing that is ‘imposed’ survives for too long. Marriage as an institution continues to exist because a large majority of people ‘choose’ to opt for it. But it is also true that world over many are questioning this institution and opting instead to remain life-long companions without the shackles or protection of the law.

While many young men and women in India are choosing to get married late in their lives and some opting for live-in relationships as well, there is a large majority of boys and girls, whose families do not leave them with an effective choice as regards marriage. The law steps in aiding this choice by providing an entire ecosystem—a web of laws to ensure protection of the rights of married partners, especially for the women.

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