Sex with wife below 18 amounts to rape: Supreme Court


supremeThe Supreme Court has held that having sex with a wife below the age of 18 amounts to rape. The court said that since sex with a minor wife amounts to rape, it amounts to a crime. The court however did not rule on marital rape. The court had reserved its verdict on a plea challenging the validity of an exception clause in the rape law that permits intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years. The court while delivering the verdict read down exception 2 of Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code.

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