Indian Supreme Court Stated that adultery is not a crime
The Supreme Court of India has ruled that adultery is not a crime, based among other arguments that “the husband is not the owner of his wife,” in a historic resolution adopted with the unanimity of the five magistrates involved.
“The woman can not be treated as another good, and it is time to say that the husband is not the owner of his wife,” said the president of the Supreme Court, Dipak Misra, reading a sentence that does recognize that adultery can be a reason for divorce “without any shadow of a doubt”.
The ruling supposes the elimination of Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, which judges have considered archaic, unconstitutional and contrary to personal freedom, especially of women. According to Misra, it means “punishing unhappy people,” reports the NDTV network.
The law so far established penalties of up to five years in prison for men who maintain a relationship with a woman “without the consent or connivance” of her husband. Measures against women were not considered, considering that they were the victims of the relationship.
Those who still defend the punishments for adultery maintain that it is a tool to guarantee the sanctity of marriage. The Supreme Court endorsed the law in 1954 arguing that, “it is commonly accepted that it is the man who seduces and not the woman.”