As IPC allows man to have intercourse with 15-yr-old wife despite POCSO, SC seeks clarity from govt.


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A chink in the colonial era Indian Penal Code (IPC) allowing husbands to have sexual intercourse with his child-wife has led the Supreme Court to take up the issue with the Central government.

An exception to Section 375 in the IPC does not find a man guilty for having sexual intercourse with his 15-year-old 'wife'. This exception ensures that he will not be charged for rape even though child marriage is a crime.

Nobel prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, through his organisation Bachpan Bachao Andolan, appealed to the Supreme Court on Thursday for help to end this "statutorily-backed" crime against children.


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