India judge calls pre-marital sex immoral, against religion
Published on Jan 6, 2014 6:46 PM
NEW DELHI (AFP) - An Indian judge has declared premarital sex "immoral" and against "every religion" and added that no educated woman should have sex believing that her partner will marry her.
Sessions court judge Virender Bhat made the comments while finding a 29-year-old Indian man not guilty of raping a woman just because he had promised beforehand to marry her.
"When a grown up, educated and office-going woman subjects herself to sexual intercourse" she does so "at her own peril", Mr Bhat was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.
Mr Bhat made the statements late last month in a New Delhi court but they were only reported by local media on Monday.
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