The respondents cited loneliness as a major problem.
The problem is acute among women who are living in separate houses with their children.
The CDS study conducted among 891 women from eight of the 14 districts in Kerala revealed that the women were hardly equipped to cope with the separation.
It noted that majority of the women were left alone by their emigrant husbands within a few days after marriage.
The age of consent has been made 18 from 15 in these cases.
The verdict is set to have a huge impact on petition seeking criminalization of marital rape which is pending in the Delhi High Court.
He also held that the exception in the rape rules led to trafficking.“However we refrain from commenting on adult marital rape as the issue is not before us”, he said.
This could help them in overcoming the loneliness they face, but their husbands and parents don't allow them to work.
They fear that she would get into an extra-marital affair relation if she associates with men,” said Preman.
PETITIONER’S STANDThe PIL pointed out the rule’s anomaly with Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) under which sexual intercourse with a girl child under the age of 18 years – with or without her consent – would constitute rape.
Editor’s Note: The migrant workers of Kerala contribute to two-third of the State Domestic Product - directly and indirectly.