Understanding Marital Rape

Marital rape, is non-consensual sex in which the perpetrator is the victim’s spouse. It is a form of partner rape, of domestic violence, and of sexual abuse.

Marriage is not synonymous with consent
Marriage is a social contract, a formal union between two individuals. Across cultures, it is not uncommon to associate marriage with legitimate sexual rights. In other words, being married people assume, it gives legitimacy to sexual relations within the marriage. However, marriage is not synonymous with consent. A woman/man (every individual) has absolute right over her/his body even after marriage. It is important to recognise this right and understand that an individual even after marriage has every right to say No and for that right to be expected. 

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