Adultery and the Indian law

Tanuj Kanchan, K. R. Nagesh

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-29
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Toxicology and Legal Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology


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