Will inclusion of marital rape help abused women in a marital relationship or will it end up destroying Indian family values in the name of justice?
The women activists who are shouting "betrayal" should realise that the Verma report is a roadmap, or a journey, not the destination.
Justice Leila Seth spoke to CNN-IBN on why the committee recommended the whole life punishment rather than the death penalty and why including marital rape was one of the most important step in the report.
In addition to making general recommendations to curb the rising number of cases of crimes against women, the committee headed by Justice JS Verma made many specific recommendations related to law and rape.
In enlightened India, women are protected from domestic violence, and rape may soon be a gender-neutral crime. But as a Delhi court recently affirmed, a man still has the right to rape his wife.
The suggested amendments to the Criminal Law Amendment Bill to make it gender neutral has divided activists and has surprisingly left out issues like marital rape.