House panel backs move not to treat marital rape as sexual offence

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A parliamentary committee has endorsed the government's decision not to treat "marital rape" as a sexual offence in the recently-promulgated anti-rape ordinance, agreeing that it could destroy the institution of marriage. However, the panel was silent on rape in live-in relationships, with many members of the view that treating it differently from other sexual offences was not possible in the absence of a law recognizing live-in arrangements.


Justifying the panel's recommendation to keep "marital rape" out of the purview of anti-rape laws, chairman of the standing committee on home affairs M Venkaiah Naidu said that leaving scope for the wife to accuse her husband of rape "has the potential of destroying the institution of marriage".

"In India, for ages, the family system has evolved … Family is able to resolve the (marital) problems and there is also a provision under the law for cruelty against women, It was, therefore, felt that if marital rape is brought under the law, the entire family system will be under great stress and the committee may perhaps be doing more injustice," the parliamentary panel examining the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012, said in its report tabled on Friday.

Written By: Bharti Jain
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8 COMMENTS

  1. …leaving scope for the wife to accuse her husband of rape “has the potential of destroying the institution of marriage”.

    Because nothing says “family values” like treating your wife as sub-human.

  2. “Family is able to resolve the (marital) problems…”

    A husband raping his wife isn’t a ‘marital problem’, it’s RAPE. A man had sex with a woman against her will, he violated her in a most horrible way. Just because he had the good sense to marry her doesn’t magically turn crimes into internal family matters.

  3. Since independence from British rule, India has been in ‘moral reverse’ it seems to me.

    So many countries bleat about the evil of colonialism and go on to prove it was in many ways better than what followed.

    • In reply to #3 by Nodhimmi:

      Since independence from British rule, India has been in ‘moral reverse’ it seems to me.

      So many countries bleat about the evil of colonialism and go on to prove it was in many ways better than what followed.

      Marital rape was only made illegal in the UK in 1991. Some time after decolonisation you must admit.

    • Hmm that’s a tough choice. Corrupt, incompetent and irrational morons(current parliamentarians) on one hand and ruthless, genocidal, xenophobic, homophobic thugs (aka colonialists) on the other. Yep, we do have a lot of progress to make, but I do not think the puritanical, Victorian viceroys and governor generals would have been a better option. And please do not for one second think that the British would treat Indians the same way as they treated the British settlers of Canada, Australia or New Zealand. British never abolished slavery, they just called it colonial rule and indentured workers.

      In reply to #3 by Nodhimmi:

      Since independence from British rule, India has been in ‘moral reverse’ it seems to me.

      So many countries bleat about the evil of colonialism and go on to prove it was in many ways better than what followed.

  4. Some institution, that marriage thing, isn’t it? Threatened by the idea of not being allowed to violate another person.
    While we’re at it, let’s also allow chemical weapons because the prohibition threatens the institution of warfare.
    In fact, let’s re-introduce all of the nice stone- and bronze-age traditions which we accidentally threatened out of civilization for no good reasons.

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