Audio podcast: ‘Consent is key; marital rape exception is against Constitution’

Ashraf Engineer

February 16, 2022

Marital rape is at the centre of a heated debate with those opposing its criminalisation citing “men’s rights”, “potential misuse of the law” and “impact on Indian society”. What is the case all about, and why are we debating in 2022 whether marital rape should get legal protection? Shouldn’t a woman’s right over her body – or to refuse sex if she doesn’t want it – be paramount? So what if the person demanding it is her husband? Audrey Dmello, director at Majlis, which provides social and legal support to women victims of sexual and domestic violence, speaks to All Indians Matter.