In­dia rul­ing on child mar­riage

Western Mail - - NEWS -

IN­DIA’S top court has ruled that hav­ing sex­ual in­ter­course with a wife un­der the age of 18 is rape, a de­ci­sion that ac­tivists have hailed as an im­por­tant step to­wards end­ing child mar­riages.

Indian law says a woman must be at least 18 to marry and con­sent to sex, but there are ex­cep­tions and a man was per­mit­ted to have sex, even forcibly, with a girl as young as 15, as long as she was his wife.

The Supreme Court in New Delhi ruled on Wed­nes­day that sex­ual in­ter­course with a girl younger than 18 is rape.

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