In­dian court rules sex with girl un­der 18 rape

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WORLD -

In­dia’s top court has ruled that hav­ing sex­ual in­ter­course with a wife younger than 18 is rape, a de­ci­sion that ac­tivists say is an im­por­tant step to­ward 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, with­a­girlasy­oun­gas15,as­lon­gasshe was his wife.

The Supreme Court ruled that sex­ual in­ter­course with a girl younger than 18 is rape. “Hu­man rights of a girl child are very much alive and kick­ing whether she is mar­ried or not and de­serve recog­ni­tion and ac­cep­tance,” said Jus­tices Madan Lokur and Deepak Gupta.

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