The Indian penal code provision says that it is not rape for a man to engage in sexual activity with his lawfully wedded wife, if the girl is above 15 years of age. Yes, i said girl, not a woman. Where the age for consent of sex in india is 18 years , this makes no sense. The government claims to abolish child marriage and sexual assualt of young girls, and yet, the mere existence of this provision negates the argument of abolishing child marriage.
Rape, means engaging in sexual assault or engaging in an intercourse with someone, without a mutual consent. In simple terms, sex without mutual consent is rape. It is as simple that. There is no exception, if the couple is married, dating, broken up, or a rebound thing. If the government wants to abolish child marriage, it should remove this provision, which would also scare people involved in child marriage. Though, this has been in our culture for a long time, it is high time that we change it. Just words and display or intent is not enough. The actions should speak in a congruent manner as well.
This provision, just promotes patriarchal society where the husband gets to do as he pleases. Is that right? For now, lawfully, it is right. But, in our minds, morally, is this right? What do you feel?