Supreme Court seeks govt reply on marital rape pleas

After a split verdict by the Delhi high court on whether marital rape could be brought within the ambit of the offence of rape, the Supreme Court on Friday decided to examine the issue and sought a response from the Centre. A bench of Justices Rajiv Shakdher and C Hari Shankar of the had HC differed in their reading of the exception under IPC Section 375 that shields husbands from a rape charge by wives.