Marital Rape Essay

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Marital Rape Introduction “Rape is rape. There are no exceptions”. Be it stranger rape, date rape or marital rape. Though marital rape is the most common and repugnant form of masochism in Indian society, it is hidden behind the iron curtain of marriage. Social practices and legal codes in India mutually enforce the denial of women sexual agency and bodily integrity, which lie at the heart of women human rights. Marital rape is any unwanted sexual acts by a spouse or ex-spouse, committed without consent and/or against a person's will, obtained by force, or threat of force, intimidation, or when a person is unable to consent. These sexual acts include intercourse, anal or oral sex, forced sexual behavior with other individuals, and other sexual activities that are considered by the victim as degrading, humiliating, painful, and unwanted. It is an act of violence on victims’ body, without her consent & just because such violence is committed by the husband so it is acceptable. Probably this is the message that goes to the sick, cruel minds who indulge into such acts & not “crime”. “Marital rape is a more dangerous form of sexual violence. A rape is normally a one-time occurrence, but marital rape allows for the victim to be raped over and over again. And the perpetrator here is not a stranger but the husband.” Marriage has always been known as a sacred institution but, wonder how much of it exists today. Marriage is no more a ‘sacrosanct institution’, for, there are issues within it that have shaken the ground basis of the entire union of a man and a woman and this idea of the “sacrosanct” institution of marriage is a myth and is contrary to women’s perceptions of reality. Marriage now, is just not limited to be a pious union but, on the contrary, it can also come with its own set of problems, including the biggest- that of ‘Marital Rape’ which has become

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