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Press Trust of India quoted Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat as also holding that a woman, especially grown up, educated and office-going, agreeing to submit a man on the assurance of marriage does so “at her own peril”.
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Press Trust of India quoted Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat as also holding that a woman, especially grown up, educated and office-going, agreeing to submit a man on the assurance of marriage does so “at her own peril”. — File Photo

NEW DELHI: Pre-marital sex is “immoral” and against the “tenets of every religion”, a Delhi court has said while holding that every sexual act between two adults on the promise of marriage does not become rape, Press Trust of India reported on Sunday.

It quoted Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat as also holding that a woman, especially grown up, educated and office-going, agreeing to submit a man on the assurance of marriage does so “at her own peril”.

When a grown-up, educated and office-going woman subjects herself to act “with a friend or colleague on the latter’s promise that he would marry her, she does so at her own peril. She must be taken to understand the consequences of her act and must know that there is no guarantee that the boy would fulfil his promise,” PTI quoted the verdict as saying.

“He may or may not do so. She must understand that she is engaging in an act which not only is immoral but also against the tenets of every religion. No religion in the world allows pre-marital sex,” the court said, while acquitting an employee with a multinational company of the charges of rape.

The 29-year-old man, a resident of Punjab, was arrested by police after a month, when the woman, doing a secretarial and administrative job at a private company in Delhi, lodged a complaint of rape against him in May 2011. In her complaint, the woman, who is an orphan, had alleged that the man, whom she had met through a chat website in July 2006, used to have physical relations with her on several occasions by promising to marry her.


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Utkarsh
Jan 06, 2014 05:47pm

The judiciary has absolutely no need to mention religion in their judgements like this at all. Still, at least the decision itself is just and fair.

jen
Jan 06, 2014 06:31pm

Pre-marital sex is not immoral. But convicting a man based on a woman's complaint of having sex after promising marriage is outrageous.

Ali Tahir
Jan 06, 2014 06:36pm

OK. Its fine that the pre-marital sex is Illegal/unethical as it should be. But Can Court also make accountable that Person (Male Partner) to fulfill his promise NOW that he made to that lady. No woman can go beyond the limits until a man becomes so loyal or shows his so called loyalty to a woman that he will marry her. I am still not favoring that Lady but at the same time I feel that the Male Partner enjoyed that relation on the basis of his false promise which he made to her. So there should be a punishment for him too. At least court should have ask that person that ok fine you enjoyed enough but now you have to marry that lady. Where the court is discouraging the lady for her act and dislodging the application of Rape that it was not a rape when there was a promise, at the same time Court should have made the verdict to force the Male partner to fulfull his promise by acquitting him and ordering him to marry her as he was the responsible person to make false promise and play with her......

Masoud
Jan 06, 2014 11:59pm

Pre-marital sex is “immoral” and against the “tenets of every religion”, a Delhi court has said.

No logic can justify such act, what is bad remains bad.

claude
Jan 07, 2014 04:02pm

I've been living in 'immorality' for last 40 years with same woman and have 3 daughters and 1 son who are also looking immorally with their partners and have given me 2 lovely grand children. Besides as I also resigned from the membership of religious tribes, now I know I can't have such fun and also expect an invitation to dinner from this judge.