It is difficult to term sexual intercourse in the course of a long-term relationship as rape, especially if the complainant accepts that they lived as man and wife, the Supreme Court observed, while setting aside a Karnataka High Court judgment in a case.The bench of Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao delivered the judgment on April 6 and quashed the criminal proceedings against the man accused of rape.The case pertains to a woman who filed charges of rape against her live-in boyfriend of eight years, on account of false promise to marry. However, the man approached the Karnataka high court seeking to quash the proceedings against him.Dismissing his appeal, the Karnataka HC had observed that if a man promises marriage and has a sexual relationship and if it is established that he never intended to marry the woman right from the inception of the relationship, then it could be construed as rape.However, setting aside the HC order, the apex court observed, “We are not here concerned with the question of whether the appellant and the complainant were, in fact, married. We have no doubt that they lived together like a married couple even according to the complainant.”In the facts and circumstances of the present case, it is difficult to sustain the charges levelled against the appellant who may have possibly, made a false promise of marriage to the complainant,” the bench added.

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Supreme Court: Long-term sex in relationship can’t be termed ‘rape’