Supreme Court seeks Centre response on marital rape

The court has sought response from the Centre in pleas against Delhi HC’s split verdict on the issue of criminalisation of marital rape by NGOs Rit Foundation, AIDWA and Khushboo Saifi.
Image used for representational purpose only.   (Photo | EPS)
Image used for representational purpose only. (Photo | EPS)

NEW DELHI:  The Supreme Court on Monday sought Centre’s response in pleas seeking criminalisation of marital rape till February 15, 2023. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the bench of CJI DY Chandrachud, Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala that four months ago, the Centre had invited views of the states on the issue. He also added that the SC’s ruling would not only have legal but also “social ramifications.” 

While directing the Centre to file a counter affidavit, the bench posted the pleas for final disposal in March, 2023. The court has sought response from the Centre in pleas against Delhi HC’s split verdict on the issue of criminalisation of marital rape by NGOs Rit Foundation, All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) and Khushboo Saifi.

The exception given in Section 375 of the IPC states that sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his adult wife is not rape. Additionally, the bench was also considering a plea preferred by the husband against Karnataka HC’s March 23 ruling in which the HC while rejecting husband’s plea seeking to quash the FIR had said that the charges framed against the husband for allegedly raping his wife did not warrant any interference.

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