Cheating in marriage will soon become a crime in India.

A parliamentary committee has recommended that Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) relating to adultery be retained in the Bharatiya Nyaya Samhita draft.
The recommendation contradicts a 2018 Supreme Court ruling that decriminalized adultery.
The committee proposes a revised adultery law that would treat acts of adultery as “gender-neutral” and make men and women equally responsible.
The idea behind this proposal is to protect the “sacred institution of marriage.
” The bill ‘Bharatiya Nyaya Samhita’ introduced by Home Minister Amit Shah in September was the focus of the panel report.
The Committee pointed out loopholes in the Samhita draft, noting the lack of provisions regarding non-consensual sexual offenses and sodomy against men, women and transgender persons.
Even though the Supreme Court’s 2018 judgment declared Section 377 of the IPC unconstitutional based on certain constitutional provisions, the court held that Section 377 does not apply to non-consensual sexual intercourse with an adult, or to a minor.
It continued to apply to all forms of such acts, as well as sodomy.
Member of Parliament P. Chidambaram voiced his dissent, arguing that the government should not interfere in the lives of couples.
He outlined three basic objections, including the argument that all three bills are primarily duplications of existing law.
The Bharatiya Nyaya Samhita is part of a trilogy aimed at replacing the Indian Penal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code and the Indian Evidence Act.
It was referred to the Home Affairs Standing Committee in August for further consideration.

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