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Can husband be prosecuted under Section 377 IPC for non-consensual anal sex with wife when Section 375 exempts it? Delhi High Court to examine

Lawstreet Journal 5 Mar 2022 5:45am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Can husband be prosecuted under Section 377 IPC for non-consensual anal sex with wife when Section 375 exempts it? Delhi High Court to examine

The Delhi High Court has delinked from a batch of pleas seeking criminalisation of marital rape. The plea Abdulla Khan v. Union of India and Others is seeking to declare that a husband cannot be prosecuted for the offence of unnatural sex with his wife under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, when exception 2 to Section 375 gives exception to marital sex from the offence of rape.

A division bench comprising of Justice Rajiv Shakdher and Justice C Hari Shankar has reserved its judgment in the bunch of pleas challenging the exception to Section 375 of the Code, after marathon hearing continuing for days.

Delinking the petition from the said batch of petitions, the Court said that it will be hearing the matter separately while listing it on March 11’2022.

"Since the issue raised in the above-captioned petition is qualitatively different from the bunch of the writ petitions in which hearing has been held before us i.e., W.P.(C) Nos. 284/2015, 5858/2017, 6024/2017 and W.P.(Crl.) No.964/2017, it is ordered to be delinked from the batch. The instant writ petition will be heard separately," the Court ordered.

The petition filed by Advocate Amit Kumar raises the question as to whether the 2013 amendment to Section 375 is inconsistent with Section 377 qua the legally wedded citizens. After 2013 amendment, the scope of the offence of rape has been expanded to cover penetrative acts other than penile-vaginal. So when exception 2 to Section 375 excludes marital sex from the offence of rape, it is… Continue Reading...


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