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Centre seeks extra time from Delhi HC to answer to pleas searching for criminalisation of marital rape

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The Centre on Monday sought extra time from the Delhi High Court to file a recent reply to the petitions searching for criminalisation of marital rape. It additionally advised the court docket that it needs to position on report its clear stand on the matter however will want “reasonable time” to take action.

The authorities had final responded to the petitions on the matter in 2017.

“In a matter where nothing imminent is happening, to place half-hearted stand may not be appropriate,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted earlier than the court docket.

Seeking a “couple of weeks” from the court docket, Mehta submitted {that a} thoughtful response must be submitted. “Let there be a consultative, considered view,” mentioned Mehta, including that  “reasonable time” is required.

However, the court docket mentioned that it’s going to proceed listening to different legal professionals within the case and later see how a lot time will be given to the Centre.

While listening to a bunch of petitions earlier, the Delhi High Court had noticed that the character of a relationship can’t put it on a distinct pedestal in the case of coping with instances of marital rape. The petitions challenged the authorized exception that protects males who’ve compelled, non-consensual intercourse with their wives.