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Indian Court Rules Sex With Minor Wife Constitutes Rape; Ruling Closes Legal Loophole For Women Under Age 18

Al Jazeera: Indian court rules sex with minor wife is rape
“The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that sexual intercourse with a wife between the age of 15 and 18 years is a crime…” (Aziz, 10/11).

Deutsche Welle: India’s top court says sex with child bride is rape
“…The landmark ruling closes a legal loophole that had protected men from legal punishment if their wife was under 18 years old…” (10/11).

The Guardian: Sex with underage wife is rape, Indian supreme court rules
“…But the court stopped short of revoking an exception in the country’s criminal law that permits rape in marriage, currently the subject of separate legal proceedings…” (Safi, 10/11).

International Business Times: Sex With Minor Wife Amounts To Rape, India’s Top Court Rules
“…While hearing the petition, the court ruled, ‘If a man has sexual intercourse with a wife who is below 18 years, it is an offense. The minor wife can complain against the husband within one year’…” (Agnihotri, 10/11).

New York Times: India Court Says Sex With Girls Under 18 Is Rape, Even in Marriage
“…Jagmati Sangwan, a women’s rights advocate, hailed the decision, saying it would cut down on the number of young girls who are essentially trafficked. She acknowledged that the decision might be difficult to enforce because child marriage is widespread across large parts of India…” (Gettleman/Kumar, 10/11).

VOA News: India Rules Sex With Underage Wife Constitutes Rape
“…Though child marriage is illegal in India, the non-governmental organization Independent Thought petitioned the top court to rule on the issue of sex with minor brides, saying New Delhi must face the reality that it is widespread throughout the country…” (10/11).

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