In India men can legally rape their wives and India is one of tge 36 countries where marital rape is not a crime.
Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) defines rape as a criminal offense and states that a man commits rape if he has sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent or if she is a minor. However, according to exception 2 to Section 375 “sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape.” Thus, Indian men could rape their wives if they are older than 15. In a landmark judgement in 2018, the Supreme Court of India held that it will be considered rape if a man has sexual intercourse with his wife if she is aged between 15 and 18. The legal age of consent for women in India is 18.
As per the data given, 1 in 3 men raped their wives and 1 Indian woman is raped by her husband in every 3 seconds. According to a study by UN Population Fund, more than two-thirds of married women in India, between the ages of 15 to 49 have been beaten, raped, or forced to provide sex.