Marital rape: Govt to raise age from 15 to 18 yrs
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 19:24
  
New Delhi: Government has fixed 18 years as the maximum age till which forceful sexual intercourse with the wife can be deemed as rape but the NCW which had proposed inclusion of marital rape as a punishable offence in the IPC today said it would have preferred doing away with age limit.

The proposal for amendment to the rape laws in the IPC to include marital rape was sent to the government on August 18 this year, NCW chairperson Girija Vyas told reporters here.

Under the present law, sexual intercourse by a man with his wife, who should not be under 15 years of age, is not rape.

The Commission has emphasised that this 'exception' to Section 375 of IPC should be deleted thereby bringing marital rape under the ambit of the crime of rape, she said.

A high-powered committee chaired by the Secretary Home said that the relevant section in the IPC would be modified to raise the age to 18 years.

The NCW, Vyas, said would have preferred if no age limit was mentioned.

"However, as a first step it is heartening that the age limit has been increased from 15-18," she said.

The Commission also suggested a rehabilitation scheme for acid attack victims and accordingly has formulated a scheme for relief and rehabilitation of offences by acids on the lines of those relating to rape victims.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 19:24


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