15 Feb '12, 2am

Marital rape is not criminalised in Singapore. Appalling.

Law Minister K. Shanmugam said in Parliament on Tuesday that he found the arguments for criminalising marital rape worth looking into. But as the law that grants immunity to husbands who force their wives to have sex with them is in the Penal Code, it comes under the jurisdiction of the Home Affairs Ministry, not the Law Ministry. He was replying to Mr Vikram Nair (Sembawang GRC), who advocated the repeal of this law during a debate on amending the Evidence Act to prevent a rape victim's sexual history from being used to discredit her in court. Mr Nair said the marital rape law was related to the amendment under debate - which Parliament later endorsed - as both disadvantaged the victims of sexual assault. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/Parliament/Story/STIStory_766...

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