In California you have to be married to be 'raped'

Jan 10 2013, 13:13 IST
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In California you have to be married to be 'raped' (Thinkstock) In California you have to be married to be 'raped' (Thinkstock)
SummaryIndian-American Kamala Harris battles to bring sanity to this US state.

Indian-American Attorney General of California Kamala Harris and State lawmakers have joined hands to overturn a 140-year-old law under which a rape would be considered only if the victim is married.

The move comes after a three-year-old rape conviction was overturned by a Los Angeles court last week because California’s law would have only considered the woman a victim if she had been married. “This law is arcane and I will work with the Legislature to fix it,” said Harris, the first Indian-American to have become the Attorney General of California. “The evidence is clear that this case involved a non-consensual assault that fits within the general understanding of what constitutes rape,” she said.

Appearing on the CNN, Harris said the lawmakers so far had been resisting any move to change this 1872 law — passed seven years after civil war — simply because this would increase the already overcrowded prison population of California.

“We will fix the problem. This is about a women who is raped and deserves justice,” Harris said.

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