India has made a significant change to its laws about rape. The Supreme Court has ruled that if a husband has sex with his wife and she is under 18, he is committing an act of rape. Up until now rape was illegal, but there was one glaring exception.
Sometimes the law changes quickly, as in the case of Massachusetts' "upskirting" case last week. After the state's highest court declared it admissible under then-current regulations to sneak unsolicited, partially nude pictures of ladies on public transit, lawmakers reacted with breakneck speed. Two days later, Gov.
Prostitution is regarded as the oldest profession in the world and there are several countries with long histories of this activity. India is one of those countries. Back in the era of kingdoms, courtesans were accorded regal status of sorts.
The case, brought by an Indian businessman living in Italy, sought to have section of the Indian penal code and another similar provision made gender neutral. But the court said the offence, which carried a prison sentence of up to five years, was arbitrary and needed to go. There is no official data on how frequently men were prosecuted under the law, but it was often raised in divorce proceedings, lawyers say.
Prostitution is defined as the act of engaging in sexual activity for pay. Many people have moral objections to prostitution, while countries around the world have outlawed prostitution. Many view prostitution as a way to exploit or be violent toward women and children.
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A sodomy law is a law that defines certain sexual acts as crimes. The precise sexual acts meant by the term sodomy are rarely spelled out in the law, but are typically understood by courts to include any sexual act deemed to be "unnatural" or immoral. As of June69 countries as well as five sub-national jurisdictions [a] have laws criminalizing homosexuality.
Jump to navigation. This table details state laws prohibiting sexual conduct between humans and animals. Most states about 46 have some provision that criminalizes engaging in sexual conduct with animals.
Cheryl Overs does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Although sex workers around the world lobby for decriminalisation, sex work law remains controversial. This article is the first in a series exploring sex work and regulatory reform.