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Sex with minor wife is rape: SC

Akash Sharma, New Delhi
11/10/2017   0 Comments

The Supreme Court held that sex with a wife aged below 18 years would be a punishable offence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
 
A Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta read down exception 2 to Section 375 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code.

“The exception in rape law under the IPC is contrary to other statutes, violates bodily integrity of girl child,” the bench said. 

Concerning over thousands of minor girls being married in mass wedding ceremonies on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, the Apex Court has asked Central and State Governments to take appropriate steps to prohibit child marriages across the country.

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