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Marital Rape Exception: Committed to protecting rights of every woman: Centre asks Delhi High Court to defer hearing

[03 February 2022] The Central government has reiterated its request before the Delhi High Court to defer hearing in a bunch of pleas challenging the exception to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, which exempts forceful sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife from the offence of rape provided the wife is above.
Time is sought for providing a stipulated timeline within which the Central Government would conduct an effective consultative process in order to assist the Court on the issue.
The development came after the Centre informed the Rajya Sabha on 2 February 2022 that a process for comprehensive amendments to criminal laws in consultation.

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