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Man who drugged and raped woman walks free after judge rules that rape laws do not apply to married couples

By Mason White 12:26 PM May 13, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A man who was charged with raping a woman, walked out of court a free man after a judge in India, ruled that rape laws do not apply to married couples.

The unnamed woman told the judge that her marriage was illegal and that she had been held against her will.

The husband, Vikash of Ghaziabad, allegedly forced her to sign a marriage license while she was intoxicated. Later, he raped her and fled.

The defendant denied drugging or raping the woman, and told the court that their marriage had been consensual. Judge Virender Bhat said that there was no evidence showing that Vikash had drugged his wife and forced her to marry him, but even if he had forced the complainant to have sex with him, it would not be a crime.

“Since the two were a married couple the rape law does not apply,” the judge said in his ruling. Women’s rights activists have called upon the government to pass a law prohibiting rape within marriage.