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How can we put an end to child marriages?

Friday, 13 October 2017 12:16
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Dear Madam,

India´s Supreme Court finally struck down a law which indirectly allowed a man to have sex with his wife, if she was between 15 and 18. This is illegal now. Legally marrying a child and having sex with an underage wife is rape, concluded the Court. Indian law already prohibits an adult from having sex with underage children, but a legal marriage between a 50-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl, was principally still acceptable before the verdict of the Supreme Court. Not anymore. 

Deepak Sharma


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