All eyes on the decision: Delhi High Court to pronounce verdict tomorrow on criminalization of ‘marital rape’, read important things related to the case


Delhi High Court to pronounce verdict on criminalization of marital rape tomorrow. The High Court had expressed displeasure over the attitude of the Central Government for repeatedly seeking time to present its side in the matter of declaring marital rape as an offence. The court had reserved its verdict refusing to provide time to the Centre.


The Center had argued before a bench of Justices Rajiv Shakdher and C Hari Shankar that it has sent letters to all states and union territories seeking their comments on the issue. The counsel for the Center said that the proceedings should be adjourned till the inputs are received.

You will be able to present your side only after consultation

When asked by the bench, it said that till now no response has been received from any state government on the communication. SG Mehta had also argued that generally when a legislative act is challenged, we have taken a stand. But they are commercial or taxation laws. There are very few cases when such comprehensive results are found, so we stand that we will be able to present our case only after consultation.

Two weeks’ time was given to present the side on the petitions.

The court is considering petitions seeking to do away with the exemption given to husbands under the Indian Rape Act. The High Court had on February 7 given the Center two weeks to present its stand on the petitions seeking criminalization of marital rape. The Center had filed an affidavit urging the court to defer hearing of the petitions, which contended that criminalization of marital rape has far-reaching socio-legal ramifications in the country and called for a fruitful consultation process with various stakeholders, including state governments. the wanted.