Forced sex with legally married wife is not rape:Chhattisgarh High Court

Chattisgarh,26/8: In a major development, Chhattisgarh High Court acquitted a man of marital rape and ruled that sexual intercourse between legally wedded man and woman is not rape even if it is by force or against the wishes of the wife.

The Chhattisgarh High Court held that “sexual intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, the wife not being under 18 years of age, is not rape.”

“In this case, the complainant is legally wedded wife of applicant No 1, therefore, sexual intercourse or any sexual act with her by the applicant No 1/husband would not constitute an offence of rape even if it was by force or against her wish,” the high court said in its order.

Earlier this month, the grievance of a woman who had accused her husband of committing sexual intercourse with her against her will did not stand up to legal scrutiny, Mumbai Additional Sessions judge Sanjashree J Gharat had observed

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