IndiaMarriage is not a license to unleash terrorism within: Karnataka High Court

Marriage is not a license to unleash terrorism within: Karnataka High Court


New Delhi: The Karnataka High Court on Monday passed a landmark judgment on rape of a husband after marriage. The court ruled that marriage was not a license to unleash the terror of man, and that marriage did not give man the upper hand. The court was hearing a petition filed by a young woman alleging harassment by her husband after marriage.

The woman alleged that her husband kept her as a sex slave and tortured her. “My position is that marriage should not be about giving men special powers and licensing them to unleash inner terror. The man responsible for the abuse should be punished, even if he is the husband.” The court clarified.

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“Cruel sexual assault by a husband without the consent of the wife cannot be considered rape, but it should be called so. This type of sexual assault has serious repercussions on the wife’s mental state. Such acts by husbands can hurt the wives’ minds. The court clarified in the judgment.

The court also ruled that the old notion that husbands should rule their wives should be changed. The court ruled that such an understanding was incorrect.

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Although many women have come forward with complaints of abuse from their husbands, marital rape is still not legally punishable in India. For years, women’s rights activists and others have been calling for recruitment. The court ruled that marital rape was not a crime and that it was up to the legislature to decide. The Karnataka High Court said that the court was only considering the fact that the wife had been abused by her husband.

The victim approached the court to show that her husband had kept her as a sex slave after marriage. The woman said her husband was not behaving humanely and was forcing her to unnatural torture even in front of her daughter. The court ruled that it was a legal inequality and a violation of the Constitution for a man to be acquitted of rape simply because he was a husband. The court said lawmakers should take action against such inequalities in law.

The court ruled that the policy of treating the wife’s position as subordinate to the husband was reactionary and against equality. For this reason, in many countries, rape of a mate after marriage is punishable, the court said. The court ruled that rape by a husband was punishable by law in 50 U.S. states and three Australian states, including Canada, Israel, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Soviet Union, Poland and Czechoslovakia.

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