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India: Sex with underage wives in future punishable

The Supreme Court in New Delhi has made a groundbreaking decision: sexual intercourse with minors is now also counted as rape in marriages.

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India: Sex with underage wives in future punishable

In India, sex with a minor Frauauch in married couples is considered a rape in future. DasOberste Court of country declared an exception in IndischenGesetz for unconstitutional. In Indian law, married couples were previously exempt from demStraftatbestand of rape: The exception regulated bislagn that a man of minors may have sexual intercourse, Solangediese is married to him and is at least 15 years old.

With his judgement, court opposed Dieindische government, which considers punishment of marital Vergewaltigungals danger to institution of marriage.

In its judgment, court relied on officialsite age limit for sexual maturity as well as FürEheschließungen in India, which in both cases at 18 Jahrenliegt. With verdict, Court of India second sexual self-determination rights of debarkers within a few weeks. At end of August, it was decided that sexual Orientierungzur was a human's privacy; This is protected by DieVerfassung. Previously, Muslim divorce practice had been abolished.

The lawyer Vikram Srivastava, who had submitted request for reform of law, welcomed decision of OberstenGerichtshofs, as it offered protection to minor victims. "Wennjemand married a girl under age of 18 and filed a complaint for non-einvernehmlichenGeschlechtsverkehrs within a year, husband can be prosecuted WegenVergewaltigung," said Srivastava DemNachrichtensender NDTV.

According to a report by DesUN Children's work UNICEF of 2014, a third Dermehr than 700 million women worldwide, who were verheiratetworden as girls, live in India. The organization Save Children Riefanlässlich of World girl's Day to fight against child marriages. Annually, save Children according to 7.5 million girls would be married illegally. "Vielefrühverheiratete girls are exposed to violence and abuse, and y are deprived of ir educational and development opportunities," said Susanna Krüger, chief executive officer of Save ChildrenDeutschland. "That must have an end."

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