India deems it legal to have sex with a 15 year old girl provided the two of you are married. The law was amended in 2013 to raise the age of consent from 16 to 18.
The law, which was amended in 2013 to raise the age of consent from 16 to 18 failed to be amended for underage married girls.
According to the Indian Express, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that it was impractical to raise the age of consent for married girls because of social realities.
Child marriages although illegal, are rampant in India with a census report showing that more than 23 million child brides exist in India, of whom 10 million are below the age of ten. Failure of the government to raise this law by accepting child marriage as a ‘social reality’ is disturbing and encourages the country to keep up the antiquated tradition.
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