Trigger Warning: This explainer contains information on physical violence and sexual violence which some readers may find disturbing.
How does this explainer help you?
Rape is the crime that occurs when a man has sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent. This explainer sets out the meaning of rape under the law, the law dealing with rape, the meaning of consent, punishment for rape, and the rights of a survivor after the crime.
What are the laws being discussed?
The law on rape is outlined in the Indian Penal Code, 1860 from Section 375 to Section 376E. The procedure to be followed in the investigation and prosecution of rape cases is given in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and evidentiary aspects are covered in the Indian Evidence Act, 1872.