Women don`t need court endorsement for consensual sex: Renuka Chowdhary
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 19, 2013, 00:27
  
New Delhi: Women above 18 can have consensual sex and do not need court endorsement for that, Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary on Friday said following a Delhi court judgement which held that there is a disturbing trend in some cases that women first have consensual sex and then allege it to be a rape.

The Party spokesperson Chowdhary also said that derogatory attributes that are given to a woman who goes in for consensual sex cannot be confused with deliberate brutal rape.

At the outset, the Congress spokesperson said that she cannot comment on a judgement or on what the Judge said.

"...While there may be some truth to...Yes that women do have consensual sex and then conveniently change. I don't think it was appropriate. Though I cannot comment on what the Judge has said in the judgement but stepping back from that I would say that it is the challenge ahead all of us women. First that women are entitled to consensual sex.

We do not need anyone's permission if you are above 18. You are entitled to consensual sex. We don't need court judgement or endorsement for that," Chowdhary said.

Maintaining that rape is not a consensual sex, she said, "that is something --- the division and the discrimination and the kind of derogatory attributes that are given to a woman who goes in for consensual sex cannot be confused with deliberate brutal rape and that distinction is to be very-very clear made by the law makers, by the people who adhere to this and by the people who implement the judgements."

She said that it was "very-very regrettable" that there is such confusion between rape and consensual sex.

"There is rape even within a marriage and that is what needs to be taken cognisance of. It is not always that the woman is willing. In a rape the woman is violated, she is not a willing consensual partner," Chowdhary said.

A local court while acquitting a man charged with raping the sister-in-law of his brother had also said that "girls are morally and socially bound not to indulge in sexual intercourse before a proper marriage, and if they do so, it would be to their peril and they cannot be heard crying later that it was rape."

PTI

First Published: Saturday, October 19, 2013, 00:27


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