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NEW DELHI, April 30, 2015:The concept of marital rape cannot be applied in India as marriage is treated as a sacrament or sacred as per mindset of the Indian society, the government said, the Times of India reported. “It is considered that the concept of marital rape, as understood internationally, cannot be suitably applied in the Indian context due to various factors, including level of education, illiteracy, poverty, myriad social customs and values, religious beliefs, mindset of the society to treat the marriage as a sacrament,” minister of state for home, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said. He was replying to a written question of DMK Member of Parliament Kanimozhi in Rajya Sabha (Parliament). Kanimozhi had asked the Home Ministry whether government will bring a bill to amend the Indian Penal Code to remove the exception of marital rape from the definition of rape; and whether it is a fact that UN committee on elimination of discrimination against women has recommended to India to criminalise marital rape. She had also said that according to United Nations Population Fund that 75% of the married women in India were subjected to marital rape and whether government had taken cognizance of the fact. Read more:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Marriage-sacred-concept-of-marital-rape-cannot-be-applied-in-India-govt-says/articleshow/47098815.cms? 

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