…. is this post which dissects the new Criminal Law Ordinance 2013 on Sexual Assault in India.
I just want to highlight the one teensy point that beggars belief.
1. Recall that the Indian Rape law specifically contains a clause that effectively refuses to recognise that marital rape perpetrated by a man on his wife can exist,
2. Combine this with the gender neutrality of the new ordinance, which recognises that women can now be accused of rape by men. Note the absence of any clauses relating specifically to marital circumstances.
And voila! We are left with a mish-mash law which allows husbands to accuse wives of rape while simeltaneously preventing wives from seeking legal recourse for rapes on them by husbands.
I think it will be a while before my eyes stop rolling.