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Why It's Entirely Legal for a Man to Rape His Wife in India | Transcendent Media Capital
Students protesting in Delhi against violence towards women, December 2012. Photo credit: wikimedia commons. In India's constitution, under The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act of 2013, you can find the chilling statement: "Sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape." India is not alone. There are 48 other nations today where a husband can legally rape his wife. In Singapore, for example, a man is not guilty of rape if the victim is his spouse and over the age of 13. Since marital rape is not a crime in India, precise numbers are hard to come by. However, a survey conducted in 2014 with over 9,000 men across seven Indian states revealed the magnitude of the problem: a staggering one in three of those men admitted to having forced a sexual act on their wives. In a country where 65% of women agree that "there are times when a woman deserves to be beaten," the path to criminalization of marital rape is an extremely