Why sex with below 18-year old wife too is rape now?

According to the Supreme Court of India’s latest ruling, a man will be charged with rape crime if he has sex with his wife aged between 15 and 18 years.
Actually, there were some contradictory provisions under Indian Penal Code (IPC) 375 and a special law for anti child-sex offences POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, 2012.

The Supreme Court had a long discussion on striking down the exception number 2 of Section 375 of IPC, a provision of rape in the IPC and POCSO rules. The exception stated the sex with wife aged between 15 and 18 years was not a rape crime. But it now becomes a rape offence, a heinous crime with stringent punishment.

Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi’s NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan had filed a case in the court for seeking the clarifications over it.

As per the ruling by the esteemed court, any minor girl whether married or unmarried, whether by her husband of anybody else, sex with the girl will be a crime under POCSO and no exception will be given under IPC as previously enjoyed by men.

The central government actually urged the court to let the exception continued as in remote and rural parts of India marriage below 18 years is still in practice. But, the court refused the argument and ruled that marriageable age of female is 18 years all over the India and punishment provisions have been given under Child Marriage Act 2006 and it must go on to stop Child Marriage.