Now since Supreme Court has officially stated that sex with minor wife is illegal for any husband, Women's Rights Activists have welcomed the judgment happily. Along with the judgment, SC also announced that the existing exceptional clause which allowed husbands to have intercourse with wife less than 15 years of age would be dismissed.
Other than this, several sex laws are in existence in India that not many of us are aware. Here we have come up with a compilation of the same in regards to the women in the country.
Remember, the first step towards change is awareness.
According to DNA India, "There is no statutory offense that takes place when adults willingly engage in sexual relations outside the marital setting, with the exception of 'adultery' as defined under section 497 IPC," the Supreme Court said in a judgment.
What do you know about laws regarding prostitution?
According to Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act or ITPA, prostitutes can practice their trade privately but cannot legally solicit customers in public. An article on BBC, however, mentions that prostitution is illegal in India; the Indian law does not refer to the practice of selling one's own sexual service as 'prostitution'.
According to this law, a client is guilty of consorting with prostitutes and can be charged if he engages in sex acts with a sex worker within 200 yards of a public place or 'notified area'. The client may also be punished if the sex worker is below 18 years of age.
You will be shocked to know this law regarding women and pornography...
According to IPC Section 354 (A), making unwanted physical contact against a woman's will is a crime. Under the same section, it is illegal to show pornography to a woman against her will, demand sexual favors or imply sexual intentions.
According to Section 498A of the IPC, any person can complain about an incident where a family member has offended him or her cruelly or with the intention of cruelty. This law is applicable for or to any member regardless of gender.
There are specific laws for the victims of harassment in India. It reads...
If you have been sexually harassed, the very first thing to do is to record a statement and register an FIR immediately. It is mandatory for police personnel to register an FIR; a delay in doing so results in departmental action.
According to the sources, if you have been sexually harassed and you file an FIR, you can ask to record the statement in any language you know. If that is not possible, make sure that the statement gets translated to the officer and also insist on everything being recorded in detail.
There are laws for obscene representation of women...
The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986 is an act of the Parliament of India which was enacted to prevent indecent representation of women through advertisement or in publications, writings, paintings, figures or in any other manner.
According to Section 67 of IT Act, whoever publishes or transmits to be published in the electronic form, any material which is obscene such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained in it, shall be punished.
The last is the most important...
Under IPC Section 509, abusing a woman with sexually colored/provocative remarks on social media is a crime.
Just because an allegation could not be proved, does not mean that it will be treated as a false/malicious complaint under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013.
Well, it's high time for women to know about the rights they possess in the country.
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