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Order hailed by activists, few queries unanswered

DNMUM398508 | 10/12/2017 | Author : Amrita Madhukalya | WC :599 | India

New Delhi: Experts termed the Supreme Court’s judgment that criminalises sex with a minor wife as landmark, but said it has left a few questions unanswered.
For instance, while it is now illegal for a man to have sex with his wife if she’s in the age group of 15 to 18, the marriage itself can continue. Child marriage is illegal but widely prevalent in India because of poverty, weak law enforcement and patriarchal norms.
“How will one ensure that the man is not having intercourse with his wife? And if he continues to do so and impregnates her, how does that play out? Will the medical officer send her back, or will they terminate the pregnancy? All these questions remain unanswered,” says Enakshi Ganguly of Haq.
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