New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday told Supreme Court that adultery should remain a punishable offence in order to protect the virtue of marriage. Opposing the plea filed by Joseph Shine, the Centre filed an affidavit seeking to make men and women equally liable under the offence of adultery.
Adultery under Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was enacted to safeguard the sanctity of marriage and diluting it would be detrimental to matrimonial bond.
The 157-year-old British-era law on adultery says if a man is having sexual relations with the wife of another man, the former is liable to a jail term of five years accompanied by a fine.
Source: Zee News