Consensual Sex Is "Not Rape" Even If Marriage Unsure: Supreme Court

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Consensual Sex Is "Not Rape" Even If Marriage Unsure: Supreme Court

G Plus News | August 22, 2019 13:05 hrs

GUWAHATI: The Supreme Court has ruled in its new verdict that if a woman maintains a physical relationship with a man for a long time, knowing that it might not result in marriage, the woman cannot accuse the man of rape on grounds of making a false promise of marriage. 

The verdict was passed by Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee. 

Based on a report by Times of India, this verdict has made a rape case lodged by as assistant commissioner of sales tax against a deputy commandant of CRPF invalid as the couple were in a relationship for six years and lived in each other’s houses on multiple occasions which was proof that their’s was a consensual relationship. 

The court has mentioned in its verdict that any false promise of marriage must be of immediate relevance or bear a direct nexus to the woman’s decision to engage in the sexual act. 

The bench also stated that there is a distinction between a false promise given on the understanding by the maker that it will be broken and the breach of a promise which is made in good faith but not fulfilled later on.

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