Indian government defends marital rape

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In 2015, marital rape still is not considered a crime in several countries, including China, India, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday, the Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a statement defending its position and suggesting it won’t be criminalizing spousal rape anytime soon–in spite of a recommendation from the United Nations and pressure from the international community. According to the government’s statement, “the concept of marital rape, as understood internationally, cannot be suitably applied in the Indian context,” due to factors such as illiteracy, poverty, “myriad social customs and values” and “religious beliefs.”

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