Criminalising marital rape in Singapore brings dignity to wives, say experts


The law was amended in 2007 to recognise marital rape under certain circumstances that signalled a breakdown in the marriage.
The law was amended in 2007 to recognise marital rape under certain circumstances that signalled a breakdown in the marriage.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Repealing immunity for marital rape will go a long way to ensuring that an outdated aspect of Singapore’s Penal Code keeps up with the times, say law and social service experts.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