By Aparna Menon, Government Law College, Mumbai.
Marital rape, a contemporary term which means sexual perversion extended by the husband on to his wife without her consent in the due course of their legal marriage. It is non consensual intercourse obtained by the man with his wife through force, threat of force, violence in case of absence of consent of the spouse. This is a battering/sadistic or an obsessive form of sex which propagates masochistic ideas in the society and marital rape is one of those forms which has been evading the Indian Penal Code and hence, is not punishable. (more…)