Adultery is no longer a crime - does this change a married couple's relationship?
With adultery no longer considered to be a criminal offence, will the dynamics of a marital relationship change? How will it affect relationships between a married couple?
Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, in a judgment delivered today, has struck down adultery as an offence under Section 497 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), which used to punish only a married man for having a consensual sexual relationship with a married woman without consent or connivance of her husband. The Apex Court has observed that adultery as a criminal offence under Section 497 of IPC is absolutely arbitrary.
The Hon'ble Court has however said that adultery can be seen as a ground for dissolution of marriage. But, if any aggrieved spouse commits suicide because of life partner's adulterous relation and if evidence is produced, it could be treated as abetment to suicide.
Members! What is your view on this landmark judgment? Will it save the marriage, or will it further complicate the husband-wife relationship?