Christian charity commends India for new anti-child marriage law
A Christian charity has commended India’s top court after ruling that having sexual intercourse with a wife under the age of 18 is rape. It’s a decision that activists have hailed as an important step towards ending child marriages. Indian law says a woman must be at least 18 to marry and consent to sex, but there are exceptions and a man was permitted to have sex, even forcibly, with a girl as young as 15, as long as she was his wife. The Supreme Court in New Delhi ruled on Wednesday that sexual intercourse with a girl younger than 18 is rape. Mandy Marshall is the director of Restored, which is an international Christian domestic abuse education charity. She told Premier this is could be the beginning for more rights for girls and women in the country.