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Intercourse with wife below 18 is rape: SC

DNMUM398509 | 10/12/2017 | Author : Ritika Jain | WC :780 | India

Court fixes age of consent at 18 for all girls, removes legal contradiction

New Delhi: Sexual intercourse with wife below 18 years of age is rape, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, a landmark judgment that fixes the age of consent at 18 for all girls irrespective of their marital status, ending contradictions in laws framed against rape, child abuse and underage marriage.
Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) says sex with a girl who is below 18 is rape, but Exception 2 carved out in it allowed a man to have sex with his wife aged between 15 and 18 even without her consent. The court struck down this exception, saying it was arbitrary, violative of the Constitution, contrary to other statutes and violated the bodily integrity of a girl child.
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