(Jamaica Observer) With the debate now before Parliament to amend sections of the Sexual Offences Act to make marital rape a crime, the question of whether or not a husband can rape his wife remains a doctrinal negative in some quarters of the church community.

Presently, Jamaica’s Sexual Offences Act does not acknowledge non-consensual sex within a marriage as rape unless the parties are separated.

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However, one of the recommendations that came out of a parliamentary committee review completed in December last year, is to delete section five of the Sexual Offences Act, which contends that rape could not occur within the context of a marriage.

“This was viewed as placing married women in a disadvantageous position, when compared to other women in relationships,” the report stated.

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