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1) Criminalising Marital Rape may destabilise the institution of marriage apart from being an easy tool for harassing the husbands. Critically analyse the statement with a special focus on status of women in the Indian society. (250 words)

Topic: Salient features of Indian Society. Social empowerment,

1) Criminalising Marital Rape may destabilise the institution of marriage apart from being an easy tool for harassing the husbands. Critically analyse the statement with a special focus on status of women in the Indian society. (250 words)

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Why this question:

Recently the Delhi High Court declined a plea seeking direction to the Centre to frame guidelines for registration of FIR for marital rape and laws to make it a ground for divorce.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the effect of criminalization of marital rape on the institution of marriage.

Directive:

Critically analyzeWhen asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

State few facts related to the criminalization of marital rape.

Body:

Explain the following aspects – 

First discuss what you understand by marital rape – Marital rape is the act of sexual intercourse with one’s spouse without the spouse’s consent. The lack of consent is the essential element and need not involve physical violence.

Then move on to explain the concerns associated with it, explain how it is often being misused against men by the women.

Ensure the answer also reflects on the status of women in the society. 

Conclusion:

Conclude by emphasizing on the need for proper policies and legislations in place to deal with marital rape.