No woman will complain about marital rape says Maneka Gandhi


New Delhi: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday said that even if there is law against marital rape in India woman will not likely to complain about the offense. Few months back Maneka had stated that the concept of marital rape cannot be applied in the Indian context.

Women and child Development Minister said that woman can file a complaint of marital rape under the current domestic violence law.

"We have a law already on violence against women and that includes marital rape. The point is that there has never been a complaint under it, never…We can use domestic violence (law) and then build on it but at the moment there is not even one complaint," she told an All Women Journalists' Warkshop at Vigyan Bhawan.

"A lot of women who feel very angry with their husbands and hate them, would really want them to be finished and still have two children and they think about them and they take a decision appropriately…I can have a law on marital rape but it will make no difference because no one will complain," she said.

Over 250 journalists from 30 states and Union Territories across the country, representing 120 media organizations participated in the workshop.

Maneka Gandhi made a presentation on the issues taken up by the Women and Child Development Ministry in the past two years.

She highlighted the numerous of the Ministry work like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme, setting up of One Stop Centres for women in distress, Mahila e-Haat, panic button on mobile phones, guidelines for matrimonial websites, 33 per cent reservation for women in police force and others.