Delhi High Court to hear plea seeking criminalisation of marital rape today.

Delhi HC is expected to hear a series of petitions filed by NGO RIT Foundation and All India Democratic Women’s Association seeking to criminalise the act of marital rape. A bench comprising of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar has been hearing the petitions. The last date of hearing was on December 4th. 

In August 2017 the Centre argued against such criminalisation stating that it would destroy the institution of marriage. Senior Advocate Raju Ramachandran who is amicus curiae in the matter has stated that he will make his submissions before the bench after hearing the pleas of both sides.

In October, the Supreme Court held that the act of a husband having sex with his wife in the age category of 15 to 18 years would qualify as rape under Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code in the case of Independent Thought v. Union of India. The bench read down the exception 2 to the rape provision given under Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code which previously held that husband having sex with a wife in this age bracket would not qualify as rape.