Why Modern Nepal Needs to Understand Marital Rape is Rape

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Marital rape is an act of sexual intercourse with one’s spouse without their consent. The supreme court of Nepal recognized that the element of consent is not waived by marriage and that any non-consensual sexual relationship amounts to rape. The Criminal Code criminalized marital rape for the first time in Nepal. Marital rape is a crime and if found guilty, is punishable by imprisonment for 5 years.

Whether the partner is husband or wife if anyone in the marriage says “No!” you cannot force your partner into any sexual activity.

Most reported cases of marital rape are usually filed by the wife. The study revealed that out of 362 women 194 (53.6%) women have experienced marital rape. Most women suffer in silence so the data is even high as many women lack legal knowledge and are bound to not speak because, by virtue of marriage, women have to fulfill the sexual need of their partners.

The cases of male victims are even low as they are considered masculine and feel shame in society. Many choose not to speak because sex is still a taboo in Nepal and is often considered a private affair.

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Respect and Boundaries

Marriage is a sacred bond where you respect your partner’s will and vow to love and respect them for life. You must respect your partner’s decision even if he or she refuses to have an intimate moment with you.

If there is any marriage problem where you are not getting sexual privileges then counseling and mutual understanding is the answer, not a forced sexual activity or marital rape. The trauma that your partner feels from having unwanted and unnatural sexual activity is immeasurable to either of the partner.

Marriage does not give anyone the license to sex. It’s all about consent. Irreconcilable differences can be solved through divorce but not through dominant and violent nature or simply domestic violence.

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Marriage is all about love, and if you truly love your partner, you would never harm or rape them. Marriage is about so much more than sex. It’s worth it if you have sex with pure passion and love, but only with consent. It even makes you a more respectful individual.

If you are a just person, you cannot tolerate forced sexual activity that leads to marital rape. Everyone should be aware of the legal implications of such behavior, and if you are faced with it, speak up. Speak out against the crime; your voice will be heard.

Also Read: A Rampant Problem With No Apparent Solution: Sexual Harassment in Public Transportation

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