Husband convicted of rape despite wife's consent for sex

London, April 25 (IANS) A British court has ruled a man could be convicted of rape even if the woman agreed to have sex.

A court headed by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, ruled in a sign-post decision that a man would still be guilty if he did something she asked him not to, Daily Mail reported Thursday.

The High Court ordered the director of public prosecutions to have a rethink over a decision not to prosecute a man accused of raping his wife.

The woman had consented to sex, but only on condition that her husband withdrew as she did not want to become pregnant.

However, at the last minute the husband told her he was not withdrawing and told her "because you are my wife and I'll do it if I want".

The woman did not want another child. She turned pregnant after the incident in February 2010.

In his landmark decision Lord Judge ruled since the man, the woman's husband under Sharia law, did not stick to his part of the pre-sex deal, he could be held guilty of rape.

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