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The government has said that criminalising marital rape could “destabilise” marriages and could be used by wives as “an easy tool for harassing the husbands”.
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The Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Wednesday closed a legal loophole that has historically allowed perpetrators of rape to escape punishment.
“This positive decision by the Supreme Court will hopefully encourage the Indian government to protect all women by removing the marital rape exemption in all cases,” she said.
Read more: Men Will Suffer If Marital Is Outlawed, India Government Argues Commentators say the ruling will be difficult to enforce in the country, however, due to the high rates of child marriage.
Embed from Getty Images India’s rape laws have, prior to this ruling, specifically excluded married couples.
Men can currently still have non-consensual sex with their wives without it being classed as rape.