In India, rape is illegal. And the definition of what constitutes “rape” was widened only recently in response to a horrific fatal assault in New Delhi in 2012. Forced penetration by any object in any orifice is now a crime.
Despite this law, some men in India can have sex with a woman against her will. That’s because Parliament chose to exempt husbands.
This decision — which makes India one of 49 nations that don’t criminalize marital rape — has come under fire from women’s rights advocates around the globe.