India upholds law allowing sex with 15-year-olds

An Indian high court has upheld a law allowing sex with a woman of 15 if she is married. The age at which a person can consent to sex in India is 18, aside from this exemption. The Ministry of Home Affairs said it did not make sense to change the law because of India’s “social realities”. India has the largest number of child brides in the world. Around half of girls in India are married before their 18th birthday, according to Girls Not Brides. Read more here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-child-marriage-bride-sexual-consent-18-15-marital-rape-a7220321.html?utm_source=Child+marriage+in+the+News+-+Girls+Not+Brides&utm_campaign=3f082b20cf-CM_in_the_news_03_09_169_2_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c21d02558c-3f082b20cf-397922041

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