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India Rules Sex With a Child Bride Is Always Rape in a Massive Win for Girls’ Rights

  • It’s a landmark change to India’s marital rape laws.

India’s top court has ruled that sex with a child is always rape, quashing a clause that allowed men to have sex with underage girls if they were married to them.

  • Imogen Calderwood
  • Global Citizen

The Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Wednesday closed a legal loophole that has historically allowed perpetrators of rape to escape punishment.

Child marriage 2b forbiden logo LLLLWhile the age of consent in India is 18, there was a clause in India’s rape laws that lowered the age of consent to 15 if the girl was married.

But the court…

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