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International Journal of Medical Toxicology & Legal Medicine
Year : 2008, Volume : 10, Issue : 2
First page : ( 30) Last page : ( 33)
Print ISSN : 0972-0448.

Adultery and the Indian law

Kanchan Tanuj*, Nagesh K. R.

Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore-575001, India

*Corresponding Author: Dr Tanuj Kanchan, Phone No.: +91 824-2444590, Extn. 5565 (O) +91 9448252394, E-mail: tanujkanchan@yahoo.co.in


Adultery shows a conflict between social pressure and individual struggle for happiness. Adulterers have always suffered from society's disapproving attitude towards them. In India, adultery is criminalized under Section 497 IPC. As per criminal law in India, offence of adultery is directed only at the ‘outsider’ who violated the sanctity of the matrimonial home when the outsider is a man. Thus it amounts to gender based discrimination in law. In our opinion, continuance of this law in present day, demands extensive reforms and amendments.



Adultery, Criminal Law, India.


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