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Satyarthi hails SC judgement on criminalising sex with minor

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Nobel laureate and child rights activist Satyarthi today hailed the Supreme judgement criminalising sex with a minor wife saying it will help to curb child marriages in the country.

The Supreme in a landmark judgement yesterday criminalised sex with a minor wife aged between 15 and 18 years, saying the exception in the rape was arbitrary and was violative of the Constitution.

Founder of the 'Bachpan Bachao Andolan', Satyarthi said this will help to a large extent to prevent child marriages in future and it will act as deterrent. After this judgement, people will also be scared of arranging marriages with underage girls.

"Judiciary in is much more visionary, forward looking and progressive in taking many decisions. Not particularly in this case, but also protecting human rights, ecology," he further said.

He also urged to ban child pornography sites.

Expressing concern over child rape and sexual exploitation, he asked the spiritual leaders to excommunicate those who indulge in these immoral activities.

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First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 22:42 IST