An Open House Discussion on ‘Criminalising Marital Rape in India’ was organized by‘Legal Manthan’ – An Academic Association of the Students of the Faculty of Law, SGT University on 17th January at the Seminar Hall of the Faculty of Law. Three student panelists from the Faculty of Law presented their papers focusing upon the merits and demerits of criminalizing marital rape. One of the panelists pointed out that the various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) discuss the protection of women against crimes. Still, the crime against women has been increasing as pointed out by the National Crime Record Bureau recently. Further, it was argued that though marital rape is on the rise in our country, it is not yet criminalized, because of various socio-legal reasons. The papers of the panelists were well received and provoked an intense discussion among the audience which included students and the faculty members. As marital rape is a contentious issue, it was a delight to see the active participation of the students. The students debated for and against criminalizing marital rape. The pros and cons of the issue were deeply analyzed.
Further, the discussion brought to the fore the procedural lapses and the existing legal ambiguities. It was argued that there should be some legal remedies available to the victims of marital rape. At the same time, men should not become scapegoats because of the criminalization of marital rape. The audience suggested the various guidelines for strengthening the criminalization of marital rape. The probing questions of the students enriched the discussion as well as enhanced knowledge on the chosen theme. It was not only an informative and insightful discussion but also sensitized the students of the Faculty of Law on marital rape. It was well attended by the students and the faculty members respectively. No doubt, it was a candid and engaging discussion by the audience. Given the constructive discussion and interests shown by the students, we have planned open house discussions on contemporary socio-legal issues every fortnight at the Faculty of Law.
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