According to The Guardian, it now qualifies as rape if men have sex with their wife if she’s under the age of 18, therefore making it a criminal act. Before the ruling, an exception in the law allowed sexual contact between a men and their underage wives as young as 15.

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An additional difficulty is that experts say the new law may be difficult to enforce. Still, the activist Kriti Bharti told The Guardian that progress is undeniably being made. “From now on, a girl who is exploited can go to the police, can go to the justice system and say: ‘I am being abused,’” she said.

Lauren Evans, “India’s Supreme Court Rules That Sex With An Underage Wife Is Rape,” Jezebel, 10/11/17

Posted by Natasha

Natasha received her MA in Literature and Culture in 2008 from Oregon State University. Currently she lives in Oregon with her husband and cats.

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