Experts back repeal of marital rape immunity

A committee reviewing the Penal Code is recommending that husbands who force themselves on their wives will no longer get protection from being prosecuted for rape.
A committee reviewing the Penal Code is recommending that husbands who force themselves on their wives will no longer get protection from being prosecuted for rape.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

Move ensures that outdated Penal Code keeps up with times, say lawyers and social workers

Repealing immunity for marital rape will go a long way to ensuring an outdated aspect of Singapore's Penal Code keeps up with the times, say law and social service experts.

The immunity dates back to a pronouncement in 1736 by British Chief Justice Matthew Hale, who wrote in a posthumous treatise that through marriage, a wife had irrevocably surrendered herself to sexual intercourse with her husband.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2018, with the headline 'Experts back repeal of marital rape immunity'. Print Edition | Subscribe