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Sanctimonious Humbug

The central government resorted to sanctimonious humbug when its minister of state for home affairs, in a written reply to the DMK member of Parliament Kanimozhi, clarified that the government is not considering the criminalisation of marital rape. When marital rape is gradually becoming an alarming issue across the world, the Modi government has chosen to take an ostrich-like attitude by sanctimoniously claiming the “greatness of marriage,” indeed, that “marriage is sacred in India.” These are tall assertions that are nothing but a cover to hide the grim reality. According to the United Nations report cited by Kanimozhi, the situation is far from happy for married women in India.

Marriage cannot be used as an instrument to take away the right of a woman to say “no” to engage in sex. In a civilised society, a man cannot force his wife to have sex for his pleasure alone. Just because he has married his partner, this does not give him the “licence” to not consider his wife’s feelings or her disagreement. Marriage must not be seen as a mere “legal way” to have sex. The woman’s unwillingness for intercourse after marriage should be regarded in the same way as before marriage. Marriage cannot force her to engage in the act.

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