Supreme Court criminalising 'sex with minor wife' places the girl child's rights above all
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The apex court’s judgment puts in place a uniform system to deal with cases of child sexual abuse.
In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has criminalised sex with a minor wife. The exception under Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code gave immunity to a husband if the wife was above 15 and below 18 years of age. Doing away with the exception, the court has done a "purposive" interpretation of the law by rather striking it down.