Supreme Court lawyer and former Mizoram governor Swaraj Kaushal has stirred a controversy by denying existence of marital rape
Kaushal, who is also husband of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took to micro-blogging site Twitter and posted, ‘there is nothing like marital rape’. The post gave rise to a storm on the social media site with many users lashing out at Kaushal for his remarks.
What else do you think doesn't exist because it happens in the home? Childhood sexual abuse? Domestic violence?
— SIA (@shreyilaanasuya) August 29, 2017
No means no. Whether you're married or not. Is this hard to understand?
— Nana Siddharth (@NanaSiddharth) August 29, 2017
When well-educated people like you are in complete denial; what can we expect from normal Indian men?
— ദിലീപ്@ബലാത്സംഗീ ♀ (@Sa_Beeee) August 29, 2017
It is important to note that Kaushal’s tweet comes in the backdrop of Delhi Court hearing a plea filed by NGO ‘Men Welfare Trust’ opposing several petitions to make marital rape a criminal offence. The NGO in its plea has said that when a person gets married, they give consent to the spouse to have sex and any such sexual act cannot be termed as rape.
Marital rape is an act in which one of the spouses indulges in sexual intercourse without the consent of the other.