Govt panel contradicts Centre, says make marital rape a crime
This is in sharp contradiction to the government’s stand. “It is considered that the concept of marital rape, as understood internationally, cannot be suitably applied in the Indian context due to various factors, including level of education, illiteracy, poverty, myriad social customs and values, religious beliefs, mindset of the society to treat marriage as a sacrament,” Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhury, minister of state for home, had told Rajya Sabha in April.
Honour crimes should be dealt with a separate legislation while police should take strict and immediate action to prevent archaic practices like witch-hunting, the report says. It has also suggested regulating sale of acid and similar corrosive substances to prevent acid attacks on women.
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