Abuse in India

Marital rape is legal in India, as per section 375 of the Indian Penal Code. “Sexual intercourse by man with his own wife, the wife not being under 15 years of age, is not rape.” Society supports marital rape as well: “It was, therefore, felt that if the marital rape is brought under the law, the entire family system will be under great stress and the Committee may perhaps be doing more injustice.”

Child abuse is not seen as a problem. Most children face abuse from parents, teachers and others. Emotional abuse, physical abuse and neglect are not recognized as abuse. Sometimes, sexual abuse is condoned as well. There is nothing comparable to the Child Protective Services of the United States. Children of abusive parents/guardians have nowhere to go.

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