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Indian Supreme Court strikes down adultery as a crime in india

Adultery is no longer a crime in India due to a ruling Thursday by country's highest court.

The Supreme Court's judgement struck down a British colonial-era law it ruled discriminated against women. The law allowed men who had sex with a married woman without her husband's blessing could be charged, convicted and sentenced up to five years in prison.

"Adultery cannot and should not be a crime," Chief Justice Dipak Misra said as he read the judgement.

Businessman Joseph Shine challenged the court to strike down the law, arguing it was discriminatory against women.

In its ruling, the court said an extramarital affair was a private matter between adults and is still a valid reason for divorce.

Extramarital sex is not a criminal offence in India anymore even though Adultery remains a crime in many countries, and also in some U.S. states.

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