New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday stated that sexual intercourse with a wife aged between 15 to 18 would be a crime and would amount to rape.
The two-judge bench said that sexual intercourse with minor wife will amount to rape.
Before today’s SC ruling, Section 375 of the IPC, which defines the offence of rape, has an exception clause that says intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years, is not rape.
However, the age of consent is 18 years.
“Exception 2 in Section 375 of IPC granting protection to husband is violative of constitution and fundamental rights of minor bride’, says Supreme Court.