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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Why inclusion of marital rape in the ordinance is necessary

By Kavita Krishnan

The ordinance, in its present form, justifies and legalises marital rape. Even if a wife separates legally from her husband, the husband will get a lenient (two year) punishment if he rapes her! Justice Verma's report had said that any sexual contact that is against a woman's consent is sexual violence regardless of the relationship of the accused to the woman - even if he is a boyfriend or husband. A wife is not the property of her husband, she still has the right to say 'no' to sexual contact with him. In case the accused is in a relationship (or had a past relationship) with the complainant, it cannot be assumed/presumed that the latter has 'consented' to sexual contact.

If marital rape is recognised legally, will it result in false cases? Well, we can look at the experience of domestic violence. We have all seen how, even when wives face severe battering, sometimes of a life-threatening kind, they are reluctant (for social and economic reasons) to actually file a criminal complaint against husbands, even when police arrive at the door. How, then, can we assume that wives are suddenly going to go berserk and file false cases randomly? Moreover, there are false cases in all sorts of laws theft, cheating, terrorism, even murder. Yet how come we don't talk about getting rid of these laws? There are innumerable cases of police themselves filing false complaints of terrorism against innocent people, yet in our society, we talk as though it is only women who are prone to filing 'false complaints'. Whereas the overwhelming evidence is that the vast majority of women are in fact dependent on their husbands and helpless even in marriages where they face tremendous violence, many even being burnt alive.

To those talking about 'misuse' of the laws for women, we wonder why they are not talking about the new ordinance which has huge provisions for misuse against women and young boys? The ordinance makes the perpetrator of rape 'gender-neural': i.e both men and women can be accused of rape. This will mean that if a woman files a rape complaint against a man, he will be able to file a counter-complaint of rape against her.

Strangely, the ordinance does not allow wives to accuse husbands of sexual assault but because of the 'gender-neutral' provision, and because the ordinance does not rule out complaints of sexual assault against wives, husbands can file cases of sexual assault against their wives! The ordinance brands all consensual sexual contact between young people of the ages between 16 and 18 as 'sexual violence': therefore young boys (and girls too) whose only crime is that they were friends with young people of the other sex, will face false charges of 'sexual violence' by parents, khap panchayats and moral policing brigades.

We should also remember that we need to change the law in order to recognise and undo the long history of societal sanction for marital rape. The Brhadarankya Upanishad says about how a husband should deal with his wife if she refuses to consent to sex: "...surely a woman who has changed her clothes at the end of her menstrual period is the most auspicious of women. When she has changed her clothes at the end of her menstrual period, therefore one should approach that splendid woman and invite her to have sex. Should she refuse to consent, he should bribe her, if she still still refuses, he should beat her with a stick or with his fists and overpower her, saying 'I take away the splendour from you with my virility and splendour'."

(Brhdaranyaka Upanishad, Chapter 6.4.6)

If Justice Verma's recommendations were implemented, it would make marriages more democratic, based on love and equality rather than on the husband's power over the wife.

Courtesy : The India Blog, IBN Live

1 comment:

  1. MARITAL RAPE LAW MAY BE VERY DANGEROUS FOR BOYS .
    BOYS will not marry because of fear. BECAUSE------------------

    IF A WOMAN WANT TO GET ESCAPE FROM HER HUSBAND THEN SHE CAN USE MARITAL RAPE LAW. EVEN AFTER DOING CONSENT SEX(WHEN BOTH AGREES) WITH HUSBAND A GIRL CAN MAKE A FALSE RAPE COMPLAIN AGAINST HER HUSBAND AND PUT HER HUSBAND IN JAIL.THOUGH DIVORCE IS A GOOD OPTION TO ESCAPE FROM HUSBAND.BUT IF A GIRL USES MARITAL RAPE LAW THEN IT WILL BE GREAT OPTION FOR HER.BECAUSE IF A GIRL WANTS DIVORCE THEN SHE WILL NOT ENJOY HER HUSBAND'S ENTIRE PROPERTY/REAL ESTATE(HOUSE,CAR ETC.). BUT IF SHE MAKES RAPE COMPLAIN AGAINST HER HUSBAND AND SOMEHOW MANAGES TO PUT HER HUSBAND IN JAIL THEN SHE WILL GET ESCAPE FROM HUSBAND AND AS WELL AS SHE CAN ENJOY HER HUSBAND'S ENTIRE PROPERTY/REAL ESTATE ALSO.

    IF WIFE WANTS TO DO EXTRA MARITAL AFFAIR/ADULTERY WITH ANOTHER BOYS THEN SHE CAN MAKE A FALSE RAPE COMPLAIN AGAINST HER HUSBAND EVEN AFTER DOING CONSENT SEX WITH HUSBAND TO GET ESCAPE FROM HER HUSBAND.IF SHE SOMEHOW MANAGES TO PUT HER HUSBAND IN JAIL THEN NO ONE CAN STOP HER FROM DOING ADULTERY.ALSO SHE WILL BE ABLE TO USE HUSBAND'S PROPERTY/REAL ESTATE.

    SO NOW TELL WHY BOYS WILL MARRY THEN?

    BOYS MAY BE EXTREMELY UNSAFE AFTER DOING MARRIAGE.

    there is a great chance of false complains.

    BECAUSE OF THESE PROBABILITIES BOYS WILL LOOSE INTEREST IN MARRIAGE.

    BOYS MAY FIND THEMSELVES IN EXTREME ANXIETY AND TENSION BECAUSE OF MARRIAGE.

    boys will not marry.

    A GIRL ALSO CAN BLACKMAIL HER HUSBAND IF SUCH LAW EXISTS.

    BOYS WILL not MARRY IF SUCH LAW EXISTS.

    boys will not marry.

    EVEN IN CONSENT SEX LITTLE INJURY MAY OCCUR.

    ONLY IF WIFE IS SEVERELY AND VERY BADLY INJURED THEN SUCH LAW MAY BE USED. BUT IF LITTLE INJURY ALSO CONSIDER AS RAPE IN HUSBAND-WIFE RELATION THEN BOYS WILL NOT MARRY BECAUSE OF FEAR. BECAUSE EVEN IN CONSENT SEX LITTLE INJURY MAY OCCUR.

    SO IT IS REALLY UNSAFE FOR A BOY TO MARRY.

    THERE ARE A GREAT CHANCE OF MAKING FALSE COMPLAIN EVEN AFTER CONSENT SEX.

    WHY A BOY WILL MARRY ??? WILL HE GET MARRY FOR GOING IN PRISON?????


    BOYS will not marry because of fear if marital rape law exists

    BOYS will not marry if there is marital rape LAW

    boys will not marry.

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