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‘Sex With Minor Wife Amounts To Rape’: Supreme Court

**Bhubaneswar:** In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court has ruled out the exception of age as sanctioned by the Indian Penal Code by giving its verdict on age of consent in marriages.

According to the judgement, sex with minor wife amounts to rape. A bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta clearly stated that the age of consent was 18 years for ‘all purposes’. It cannot be whittled in some cases. The Indian Penal Code allowed a man to have sexual intercourse with his wife aged above 15 as valid.

The apex court clearly stated that it did not want to go the aspect of marital rape, but the intercourse with wife aged between 15 to 18 will be considered as rape.

On September 6, a bench headed by Justice B.Thakur had reserved its order questioning the Centre that how the Parliament could create an exception in law declaring a sexual act of a man with is minor wife as not a rape.

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