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dc.contributor.authorBronitt, Simon
dc.contributor.authorMisra, Ashutosh
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T15:46:16Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T15:46:16Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.date.modified2014-06-23T03:58:06Z
dc.identifier.issn22023917
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/60091
dc.description.abstractThis paper scrutinizes India's outmoded laws governing sexual offences, how they impact on women and how they deny access to justice for members of vulnerable groups in society. The authors posit that public concern over a perceived 'epidemic' of sexual violence ignores the prevalence (and immunities) granted to sexual violence that occurs within the family. The authors argue that the marital rape immunity in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which is one of the few codes in modern democratic systems that accords males a right to rape wives with impunity, preserving an outdated view of gender relations and female sexuality that denies some women the right to denial based on marital status. The essay's comparative account reveals that Indian criminal law is seriously 'out of step' with legal developments in the UK, Australia and elsewhere. For instance, denying marital immunity to rape of child bride (under 15 years of age) and in cases, where a court has issued a judicial separation offers cold comfort to the majority of women whose husbands may still claim a legal privilege to rape. The development of rape laws in India since the 1980s, the authors conclude shows that reform invariably follows from crisis, such as the 2012 brutal rape of a physiotherapy student in New Delhi. Bronitt and Misra note that crisis-drive reforms tend to highlight the community concerns about leniency of punishment, rather than providing better laws, procedures and tools for investigation and supporting victim. The authors recommend that public debate in India must be shifted away from viewing sexual offences as crimes against public morality, decency or modesty. Instead, sexual offences reform must be viewed through a human rights prism, which is consistent with India's international obligations, seeking to eliminate both gender and sexuality-based violence and discrimination.
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dc.description.publicationstatusYes
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dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherGriffith University ePress
dc.publisher.placeAustralia
dc.publisher.urihttp://pandora.nla.gov.au/tep/141524
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom37
dc.relation.ispartofpageto56
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalGriffith Asia Quarterly
dc.relation.ispartofvolume2
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dc.subject.fieldofresearchComparative Law
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBusiness and Management
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolitical Science
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCultural Studies
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode180106
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1503
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1606
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode2002
dc.titleReforming Sexual Offences in India: Lessons in Human Rights and Comparative Law
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/au/
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
gro.rights.copyright© The Author(s) 2013. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Australia (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 AU) License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/au/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providing that the work is properly cited. You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.
gro.date.issued2014
gro.hasfulltextFull Text
gro.griffith.authorMisra, Ashutosh
gro.griffith.authorBronitt, Simon H.


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