Centre against decriminalizing adultery

NEW DELHI, JUL 11 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/11/2018 11:13:29 PM IST
Centre on Wednesday opposed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Joseph Shine, seeking to make men and women equally liable under the offence of adultery.
Centre in an affidavit filed in Supreme Court (SC) argued that Section 497 of the IPC was enacted to safeguard the sanctity of marriage and diluting it would be detrimental to matrimonial bond.
SC in December last year issued a notice to the Centre asking why a married woman who is equally liable for the offence of adultery with a married man, who is not her husband, be not punished along with the man. Under the law, the offence of adultery is criminalised, but only the man is liable for punishment.

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