Twitter Debates Marital Rape After Government Opposes Criminalising It

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| August 30 , 2017 , 14:14 IST

As the government stands against criminalising marital rape arguing that it may destabilize the institution of marriage and become a tool for harassing husbands, social media has started their own debate on the subject.

The government on Tuesday, told the High Court, which is hearing a case on marital rape, that there can be no lasting evidence in case of sexual acts between a man and his own wife.

The affidavit filed by the Centre before a division bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar, said: "It has to be ensured adequately that marital rape does not become a phenomenon which may destabilise the institution of marriage apart from being an easy tool for harassing the husbands."

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It said, "If all sexual acts by a man with his own wife will qualify to be marital rape, then the judgment as to whether it is a marital rape or not will singularly rest with the wife. The question is what evidences the courts will rely upon in such circumstances as there can be no lasting evidence in case of sexual acts between a man and his own wife."

"What may appear to be marital rape to an individual wife, it may not appear so to others. As to what constitutes marital rape and what would constitute marital non rape needs to be defined precisely before a view in its criminalisation is taken," it added.

The government's stand sparked a debate on micro blogging website Twitter. It started as the former governor of Mizoram and ex-husband of Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Kaushal Swaraj tweeted, "There is nothing like marital rape. Our homes should not become police stations”.

This brought up the subject and people will different views came up expressing it. Here are some of the reactions:

The government had already argued that the country doesn't need to follow other countries blindly. The government said Indian has its own unique problems which should be considered carefully before criminalising marital rape.