It refers to where the act of sexual intercourse with one partner without the spouse consent. The issue of sexual and domestic violence is within marriage and the family unit, are more specific, the issue of violence against women. it is more experienced in most women also it is often a chronic form of violence for the victim which takes place within abusive relations. Most of the countries have criminalized marital rape from the late 20th century onward. It has come in various ways like removal of statutory exemptions from the definition of rape, judicial decisions, explicit legislative reference in statutory law preventing the use of marriage as a defense , or creation of the specific offence of marital rape.
In India marital rape exist as a de facto but not dejure. while in some other country the legislature has criminalized marital rape or the judiciary has played an important role in treating it as an offence