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marital rape

Article Summary   by:darpan     Original Author: bb
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Illicit sex, sex on demand, forced sex and sometimes brutal, humiliating sex is experienced by innumerable woman in a marriage. When a stranger rapes a woman, she has to live with a frightening memory. But, when her husband rapes her, she has to live with the rapist. Marital rape is extremely destructive because it betrays the fundamental basis of marital relationship. It questions every understanding the woman has of her partner, her marriage and also of herself. It is worse than a murder. The victim dies a thousand deaths, even when she is alive out of a feeling of betrayal and humiliation. In almost every case of rape, the woman is held responsible and made to feel as if it is she who is the criminal. Marital rape is generally sub-divided into three categories - those rapes that involve a degree of violence, those that use enough force to control the victim, known as ''force-only'' rapes, and sadistic rapes. Violent rape occurs when the abuser through physical violence cause injury to the victim. Force-only rape means using force by the abuser to control or hold his wife in position. Sadistic rape is when in addition to the rape itself, the victim is either forced to comply with or undergo deeds designed to further humiliate her. Despite the unwillingness to recognize marital rape as a crime, the fact remains that it is prevalent throughout society regardless of the woman''s education or status. Did you know that many women, especially in India are not even aware what marital rape is all about! That of course happens because in our culture, women are discouraged from openly discussing sexual matters. Are there any laws against this most brutal act? Will women ever come out in the open and fight for justice? Will the guilty be punished? Are some unanswered questions that every women hides deep inside.
Published: November 29, 2007   
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