Vol 2/ Issue 2/ Dec 2016 [ISSN 2394-9295]


B.COM LLB (H), 5th Semester

Amity Law School, Noida

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“Either she cries, or she shies”. This is the unforgiving reality of the sacrosanct bond, where the wife is powerless against the coldblooded demonstrations of her better half. Poor enactment in the nation and the total silence of the Judiciary might have just expanded the turmoil for the ladies, instead of settling it down. The opportunity has already come and gone to voice out against this terrible practice by the husbands over their wives and be a superior nation in protecting the interests of the ladies, regarding them, bringing new laws and boosting the idea of women’s liberation to stop the act of marital rape in India. Just by along these lines, the ladies can feel more secure and accomplish certainty to remain against any chances. The Article discusses the idea of marital rape, its repercussions and the shields against it.


Keywords – Judiciary, marital rape, rape, Constitution, IPC


Rape is a non-consensual sex, by utilizing physical drive or pressuring the accomplice as characterized under Section 375 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 and punishable under Section 376 of IPC. Marital Rape, astoundingly, doesn’t go under the ambit of the meaning of Rape. It is only a sex by the spouse on his significant other without her endorsement or by constrain or danger.


Shockingly, our nation’s lawmakers have neglected to perceive this grievous wrongdoing. Patriarchal framework that oversees Indian families has constantly considered ladies as negligible property of her better half or gatekeeper. So rape was considered as burglary of ladies and wrong against spouse or gatekeeper. This belief system has affected our lawmaking bodies in overlooking offense of life partner rape by giving it shield of marital right of the spouse and by this they are quietly tolerating that ladies are just a protest of sexual satisfaction of her significant other with no will of her own over her sexuality. This perception has subsided women’s right to equality and justice.[i]

The fundamental duties envisage that one must protect the dignity of a woman. In any case, it is an incongruity that when a spouse performs sex coercively over and over, she doesn’t have the privilege to ensure her own particular body.

Today numerous nations have either authorized marital rape laws, canceled marital rape special cases or have laws that don’t recognize marital rape and normal rape. This shows marital rape is currently perceived as an infringement of human rights. In 2006, it was evaluated that conjugal rape is an offense rebuffed under the criminal law in no less than 100 nations and India is not one of them. Despite the fact that there have been a lot of enactments and authorizations go in India as to savagery against lady in her own particular house, similar to laws against female child murder and aggressive behavior at home, marital rape has neglected to pick up acknowledgment as a wrongdoing according to approach creators. Marital rape, in India, is taken cover behind the hallowed drapes of marriage. [ii]


It is a bane for the female populace of our nation to be the part of the World’s biggest Democracy. In any case, another trust emerged in the overflowing hearts of the youthful wedded ladies on the commencement of the Constitution of India with a would like to help them from the monstrous acts caused by the husband, under the clothing of the conjugal status and restore their status of balance and to place them parallel to the pecking order of the males in a society. The reality of the matter is that the Constitution producers of our nation left no crevices to be filled with regards to the topic of putting the ladies similarly with the Males of our general public, however it is a disappointment with regards to the execution of a similar purposeful publicity.

The wedded ladies of our nation are thought to be the manikins to the hallowed organization of marriage. There is positively no law in our Country to oppose the unfortunate activity of rape , by the spouse over his better half. The most abhorrent custom that has been taking after since ages is the way that a ladies , after marriage, turns into the property of the husband and their marriage declaration serves as a qualification for her significant other to engage in sexual relations as per his impulses and fancies. The assent of the spouse to have a sex or not is proportionate to insignificant and it absolutely vests on the husband to command and utilize sex both for accomplishing delight and for reproving his better half.

The nation of 1.252 billion vote based subjects has a deceptive and a trivialized perspective of this wrongdoing. It is trusted that a lady must meet the sexual prerequisite of the spouse wherever and at whatever point he requests it, even against her desires. In a marital rape, there is positively no genuine foundation of rape in view of the non-attendance of any wound or savagery.

In the historic point Phulmoni Das rape case , the expired (Phulmoni Das) was only 11 years old when she capitulated to the draining brought about by a cracked vagina.[iii] Indeed, even the therapeutic confirmations demonstrated similar reasons of her passing. The jury found the spouse blameworthy just under Section 388 of IPC, 1860 against alternate charges made against him in the preparatory stage under Sections  304, 304A, 325 and 338 IPC for causing grievous hurt by doing a demonstration so thoughtlessly or carelessly as to jeopardize human life or individual security of another, and hence he was sentenced for only one year of detainment for bringing about the passing of his minor wife in most disgraceful and repulsive way in light of the fact that the law of rape was no material to a lady who has accomplished the age of 10 years.

This reprimanded judgment prompted to an open clamor , and the administration then had no real way to escape other than to change the law in which it increased the age limit as far as possible to 12 in 1981. It was further expanded to 13 in 1925 and to 15 in 1949. As per the present law, the age for giving a legitimate assent for sex by a lady is 16 years and if there should be an occurrence of spouse , he can have sex with his own better half . It is not to be indicated as rape if the spouse is not under 15 years old. [iv]

The incongruity lies in the way that the age for a young lady’s marriage was expanded from 15 years to 18 years as per the Child Marriage (Restraint) Act, 1929 ,[v] yet the age for giving assent by a lady for sex was not expanded from 16 years and the time of spouse with the end goal of special case under Section 375 was additionally not expanded from 15 years.

Marital rape has horrifying and durable results which may bring about wounding, torn muscles , wounds to private organs, retching and some gynecological outcomes like barrenness, unnatural birth cycles and HIV. [vi]

The entire arrangement of rape is in a mess. The idea of marital rape may be torpid in Indian law as to its acknowledgment. In any case, it can be out rightly said that this draconian and undesirable practice in the religiously persistent society is in repudiation to the crucial rights ensured under Article 14 and Article 21 of the Constitution of India.

As per the Judicial elucidation, right to live with human dignity[vii] is secured under the Article 21 of the Indian Constitution and consequently, marital rape, being an exemption under Section 375 of Indian Penal code, 1860 is violative of this article.

Every single resident of this nation is ensured similarly according to law and is protected from any sort of State discrimination , as visualized under article 14 of the Constitution of India. Be that as it may, this significant arrangement is kept away with regards to the assurance of a wife. Therefore , it would be correct to say that the exception of Section 375 does not attract the notion of reasonable classification and thus violates the protection sealed under the aforesaid provision.

The principal obligation upon each national of this nation is to disavow hones which are injurious to the pride of a lady. Thus, domestic violence and marital rape do not come under the purview of dignity

The custom and the Indian conventions presuppose that consenting for a marriage , likewise incorporates the assent for sex and in this manner the spouse can’t be indicted for the offense of rape. The Indian Penal Code likewise punishes the spouse for the offense of rape on the off chance that he plays out a non-consensual intercourse with a wife matured between 12-15 years and rebuffs him for a basic detainment of only 2 years or fine or both [viii], which itself is an irony to the way that the discipline endorsed for outside the marriage is significantly more than it. At the point when the age crosses 16, there is no lawful insurance concurred to the spouse , in direct negation of human rights controls. A lady is shielded by a spouse from every one of the sicknesses and the difficulties. Yet, the idea of marital rape has crushed the motivation behind the establishment of marriage and added a wicked nature to it. Where our nation’s lawmaking body is attempting to decide the offense of marital rap and make fundamental alterations , and the legal is vulnerable and is bound by the current arrangements to give a judgment , nations like New Zealand, Canada, France , 18 American states, and so forth have recently made the correct law to proclaim such an evil go about as unlawful in their properties. In the event that India proceeds with this undetermined offense to bear on long , then there would be an attacker in every family rapeing his own significant other under the attire of the marital bond. Ample opportunity has already past to perceive this offense and chastise the heathens seriously.

The marital rape is an unreported wrongdoing. As per a late overview by a NGO, each one of seven wedded ladies is raped by her significant other in any event once.[ix]The mere fact that marital rape would be very difficult to prove is no reason for not recognizing it as a crime.

Ample opportunity has already past that the Parliament of India must perceive marital rape as a culpable offense. The wedding laws must have a few revisions to give invulnerability to the spouses or the wedded ladies. The discipline must be equal to that recommended in section 376 of the IPC, 1860.


The criminalization of marital rape is practically irrelevant in India. This is a wrongdoing which is too grave to ever be sufficiently commendable for the inert government’s activity to moderate such deplorable sexual acts by the husbands on their wives. The conjugal rape behind the drapes of wedlock causes more pain and anguish to the misled ladies as they need to remain with their attackers’ regular. So in that sense it is more traumatic for a lady to endure such agony. There are numerous escape clauses in Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, as the Act does not straightforwardly talk against marital rape. On the brighter side authorization of a particular enactment against abusive behavior at home has opened the entryway for an enactment criminalizing conjugal rape. This unmistakably demonstrates move in demeanor of state which prior put stock in non-intercession in family circle.


[i]Chairman, Railway Board vs Ms. Chandrima Das,  AIR 2000 SC 988.

[ii]Lawctopus, Academics hike, available at: (Visited on January 2, 2017)

[iii]Queen Empress vs. HurreeMohinMythee, ILR (1891)18Cal49

[iv]VasudhhaDhaagamwar, “Law, Power and Justice”, 255-256

[v]Dr. Hari Singh (11thEdn.), Penal Law Of India 3608, Sec 2 of the Amending Act (Act XXIX of 1925), Sec 3 of the Amending Act (XLII of 1949)

[vi]Thornbill, R and Palmer (1stedn.), “A Natural History of Rape”, (MIT Press Cambridge Mass, 2000)

[vii]Francis Coralie Mullin vs Administrator, Union Territory of India, (1981)1SCC608


[viii]Section 376 of Indian Penal Code,1860.

[ix]Subsequent research finds that more woman are raped by their husbands each year than by stranger, acquaintances or other persons.

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