Top In­dian court says sex with mi­nor wife is rape:

The Washington Post - - THE 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, with a girl as young as 15 as long as she was his wife. Mar­riages of girls are es­pe­cially preva­lent among In­dia’s ru­ral poor.

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