18 Feb '12, 6am

Lawyers, NGOs welcome calls to look into making marital rape a crime in Singapore

By Tay Suan Chiang & Shuli Sudderuddin Lawyers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have welcomed calls to look into making marital rape a crime, an issue that was discussed in Parliament this week. They said the move could encourage victims to come forward, knowing that their complaints will be taken seriously. Marital rape is a crime elsewhere in Asia, including in Thailand, Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan. Background story ASSURANCE 'A change in the law to remove marital rape immunity will be the first step towards assuring survivors that they will be taken seriously and receive the support they need.' Ms Wong Pei Chi, founder of No To Rape, a non-governmental group In Thailand, a man can be jailed for up to 20 years and fined up to 40,000 baht (S$1,600) for raping his wife - the same as the penalty for rape outside marriage. Please enable JavaScript to view the ...

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