14 Dec Marital Rape Laws
Marriage as an institution doesn’t necessarily guarantee protection from being raped by your spouse. The mere act of being betrothed to someone doesn’t confer the right to a person to abuse his/her partner sexually. Although several legislations have been passed in the country to penalize offenders with the same severity as non-marital offenders, the reality is still appalling. There were some very ridiculous laws which hardly gave any effect to the cause. In the state of Tennessee, law stated that a person could be deemed guilty of the rape of a spouse at a time they are living together only if that person either “was armed with a weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the alleged victim to reasonably believe it to be a weapon” or “caused serious bodily injury to the alleged victim”. Practically, most cases of marital rape could not be prosecuted, since few rapes naturally involve such extreme circumstances. The law was finally repealed in 2005, allowing for marital rape to be classified as any other type of rape. It took an unbelievable ten attempts to pass the bill to repeal this age-old law.
The issue is broader than just bills & laws. The emotional hurt caused by such an incident in a very trusted environment can lead to a devastating trauma. Many women do not bring it up if it has happened just once in the course of a long marriage. However, what needs to be realized is its wrong & even one time is one time too many. The Dark Age is long gone but not quite if women aren`t even safe at home. As quoted by the American author, “You save yourself, or you remain unsaved.” This remark can`t be accepted in the 21st century.
The question which lies in front of us is whether a crime of the same nature is punishable in the same manner or not.
What are your thoughts? Should the perpetrator of a marital rape be punished as severely as one who commits non-marital rape?
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