Last week Supreme court’s judgement banning Triple-Talaq was a revolutionary one in oriental culture of India. Triple-Talaq is a discriminatory divorce practice followed by Indian Muslims, where a woman’s opinion was least bothered about. She will not have any voice or will be assured of any monetary help after the divorce. This move was welcomed and applauded by almost every political party and celebrity in India. Union Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad praised it as “a great dawn for women’s empowerment”.
The irony here is that the marital rape which is no less crueler than Triple-Talaq is continuing to be indirectly endorsed by the government. Many wonder the rationale behind these intentions. One of the reason stated by the Women and Child development minister, Menakha Gandhi is that “The concept of marital rape cannot be applied to the Indian context due to factors such as illiteracy, poverty, religious beliefs and mindset of the society”. This is considered to be an absurd one by most of the Indian feminists, since it is conveying a message to male chauvinists that they won’t be imprisoned in spite of sexual abuse on their wives.
What in a world, where criminalizing marital rape would fragile the institution of marriage in India. Government should reconsider its stand on this issue by taking into the consideration of the gravity of situation even in this modern era. The real dawn for women’s empowerment comes only with the elimination of disguised evil practices and the technical loopholes which supports its survival in the society.