Stating that every act of sexual intercourse between two adults on the assurance of marriage does not qualify as rape, a Delhi court said premarital sex is immoral and against the tenets of every religion. Additional sessions judge Virender Bhat also suggested that women, especially those who are educated and working, who engage in sexual intercourse on the promise of marriage do so at their own risk.
The judge said, “In my opinion, every act of sexual intercourse between two adults on the assurance of promise of marriage does not become rape, if the assurance or promise is not fulfilled later on by the boy. When a grown up, educated and office-going woman subjects herself to sexual intercourse with a friend or colleague on the latter's promise that he would marry her, she does so at her own peril.”
“She must understand that she is engaging in an act which not only is immoral but also against the tenets of every religion. No religion in the world allows premarital sex,” added Bhat, while acquitting an employee from a multinational company of charges of rape.
The accused was a 29-year old man from Punjab who was arrested after a woman, working at a private company in Delhi, filed a complaint of rape against him in May 2011. In her complaint, the woman said that she had met the accused on a social networking website in July 2006 and he compelled her to engage in sexual intercourse on more than one occasion by promising to marry her.