India’s Supreme Court has ruled adultery is no longer a criminal offence. The highest court in a the increasingly liberal country overturned the 158 year-old law which had stood since the days of British colonial rules.
The law that said any man who had sex with a married woman, without the permission of her husband, was guilty of the criminal act of adultery.
It is however not clear how many men have been prosecuted under the law since its existence. Colonial and postcolonial governments kept no records on that.
Earlier in August, India also struck out laws that criminalised homosexual marriage. The law was made during the British rule of the territory.
Observers cite these massive changes as indications that the country is undergoing progressive cultural changes.
However, India is largely a conservative country where Hindu identity is considered by majority as necessary to national identity.
Ghana is also a country where adultery is not punishable by law. The story is different in a country like Uganda, where adulterers could be jailed.
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