A South Korean woman has been accused of locking her husband in their house for 29 hours in which time she forced the man to have sex with her against his will.
The incident led to the 40 year old wife, only identified by her surname Shim being charged with marital rape, the first time a wife has ever been charged with such a crime in that nation.
According to the Seoul Central Prosecutor’s office the wife locked her husband and forced him to have sex with her in an attempt to obtain favorable evidence to use in divorce proceedings.
The decision to recognize spousal rape comes after a May 2013 Supreme Court decision in South Korea reports the Yonhap News Agency.
In their ruling, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s verdict to jail a man who forced his wife to have sex while threatening her with a weapon.
Earlier this year, a court acquitted the first woman in South Korea to be charged with attempted rape.
The 45-year-old admitted drugging her ex-boyfriend, tying him up and hitting him with a hammer, but said she did not plan to rape him.
Spousal rape has not been seen as a crime in South Korea since the Supreme Court denied such a crime in the 1970s, except for in special cases, such as when divorce was pending. Something that the wife, Shim may have been fully aware of when she subjugated her husband to her will.
In many countries, such as the United States, Britain, Germany and France, marital rape constitutes a crime. The United Nations said in 2006 that marital rape is a prosecutable offense in over 104 countries.
The UN estimated in 2011 that 127 countries had not amended legislation to criminalize marital rape. Countries where it remains legal include India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Bahamas.
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