A PRO­GRES­SIVE ACT

The Asian Age - - Edit -

Years ago, In­dia un­veiled a re­formist agenda with the en­act­ment of the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Child Mar­riages Act, a uni­ver­sally ap­pli­ca­ble law to stop child mar­riages. The lat­est ver­dict of the Supreme Court terming sex with a wife, who is un­der the age of 18 years, as rape, is in sync with the pro­vi­sions of the said law. It is, how­ever, baf­fling the Centre had in­sisted on re­tain­ing this sec­tion in the In­dian Pe­nal Code, which pro­vided men a dodgy de­fence. In­dis­putably, the judg­ment is as pro­gres­sive as the one on the triple ta­laq. Hari­dasan Ra­jan Kozhikode

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