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On 30 May this year, while releasing the draft Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016, Maneka Gandhi conceded that it has plenty of room for incorporating nuances. In making this point, she gave a highly pertinent example: "If a woman has been trafficked 15 years ago and is now a part of the sex trade, will she considered be a trafficked victim or not?" This is a critical point that perhaps baffles most governments and creates arguments amongst activists over their ideological and moral positions.
Can you imagine the families of the "boy and girl" meeting over cups of tea to discuss flower arrangements and the wedding menu along with who gets what in the event of a divorce? It's seems like a pretty impossible scenario in a country where divorce is highly stigmatised and where most people shudder at the very mention of the word.
NEW DELHI — The concept of marital rape cannot be applied in India where marriage is considered as a "sacrament", government said today, adding there is no proposal to make it a criminal offence. "It...