How should society deal with divisive laws? Discussion on marital rape provides a guide

As attitudes change, so too do laws governing behaviour. The discussion on marital rape provides a guide on how divisive laws can evolve with the times.

Section 375(4) of the Penal Code, granting legal immunity to men who rape their wives, is set to be repealed. This is one of the 169 recommendations made by a committee conducting the most extensive review of the Penal Code since 2007.

The committee was tasked with modernising the Penal Code's provisions and principles. It is co-chaired by Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Indranee Rajah and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs and Health Amrin Amin, and includes judges, lawyers, academics and senior policemen.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2018, with the headline 'How should society deal with divisive laws?'. Print Edition | Subscribe