Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Korean Government to Make Raping Your Wife Illegal

In another attack on the family, a government increasingly dismissive of tradition is seeking to prohibit unwanted sex between married couples, or so-called 'rape'. Typically, the proposal comes from the liberal Ministry of 'Gender Equality' and Family, as part of a policy program for 2013-2017, which means raping your wife may be made illegal within five years.

'Marital rape' is non-consensual sex in which the perpetrator is the victim's spouse, and while most people are still unfamiliar with the concept, the topic was first raised in Korea as long ago as the middle of the 2000s.

Prior to this, The Supreme Court's panel of male judges ruled in 1970 that spousal rape cannot be constituted as abuse, and that even physical violence and threats by a husband against his wife were not admissible in a court, partly because they were normal so arresting everyone guilty of it would have left the country undefended, and partly because of the judges' fear their wives would immediately file charges against them.

However, shockingly in 2009 a court in the marital-rape capital of Korea, Busan, recognized the act as illegal, making it almost inevitable that the Supreme Court in the more developed city of Seoul would have to follow suit, although it hasn't been without some resistance. "There has been opposition to the proposal from lawyers who rape their wives, but there is a need for serious discussion on the issue", according to a ministry source – 54-year-old Kim, a woman.

"Even among married couples, people have a right to choose", the ministry official added, clearly failing to understand the entire basis of marriage.

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