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SC criminalises sex with minor wife as illegal

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In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court junked a 77-year-old law and ruled that sex between a man and his wife below 18 years of age will count as rape and the husband can face up to 10 years’ imprisonment under the Indian Penal Code or even a life term under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act of 2012.
The SC, however, clarified that it has not touched on the issue of marital rape–a husband forcing himself on his wife despite her unwillingness to have sex.
By this ruling, the SC has established a uniform 18 years as age of consent, age of marriage and the exception to rape under Section 375 of IPC, which had been different ever since the IPC came into force in 1860. Exception 2 to Section 375 of IPC said it was not rape if a man had sex with his wife who was above the age of 15 years.

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