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Going Soft on Adultery

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Feb 2015 12:00 AM GMT

There are laws all over the civilized world that hold adultery to be a crime. Such legislation making adultery a crime is obviously geared to the needs of upholding and preserving the sanctity of the institution of marriage. Most civilized societies regard such steps to protect the institution of marriage as vital to the preservation of human society itself and to discourage (if not completely control) promiscuity. In fact, such laws are beginning to be seen as vital to societies where is the sex ratio is so greatly skewed as in Harya or Punjab in India as to have less than 800 females to 1,000 males. We had predicted more than two decades ago that such social imbalances could give rise to serious crimes against women. Such crimes have indeed increased greatly. As such, wherever adultery was regarded as a crime, and there were laws against it as against bigamy, it was important for such laws to be retained. However, South Korea seems to have decided to decrimilize adultery. On Thursday, South Korea’s Constitiol Court struck down a 62-year-old law that had made adultery an offence punishable by up to two years in prison, citing the country’s changing sexual mores and a growing emphasis on individual rights. If changing mores could be grounds for scrapping laws that safeguard societies, we shall soon have many offences that might have to be decrimilized. We have a whole lot of politicians involved in the loot of their motherland. Can that be a good enough reason to decrimilize loot, robbery and such other crimes?

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