Sex on false promise of marriage is rape

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  1. The Supreme Court has again reiterated in its judgement that a man having sex with a woman with the intention to cheat the victim by promising to marry her will amount to rape.
  2. The judgement comes in the backdrop of a case where a man had engaged in sexual relations with a women on the promise of marrying her but later broke his promise to the victim.
  3. The court said that the consent cannot be regarded as an acceptable argument as the woman had agreed to have sex under the misconception that the man would marry her.Therefore,such a consent obtained by a man is clearly obtained by fraud,with the man having no real intention of marrying the woman.
  4. The apex court also observed that rape is the most morally and physically shameful crime in a society.It is also an assault on the body,mind and privacy of the victim.Further,it said that while a murderer destroys the physical frame of the victim,a rapist degrades and violates the soul of a helpless female.
  5. However,the apex court reduced the accused punishment  to seven years.Earlier,he was awarded imprisonment of 10 years by the trial court and the Chhattisgarh high court.