Justifying the panel's recommendation to keep "marital rape" out of the purview of anti-rape laws, chairman of the standing committee on home affairs M Venkaiah Naidu said that leaving scope for the wife to accuse her husband of rape "has the potential of destroying the institution of marriage".

"In India, for ages, the family system has evolved ... Family is able to resolve the (marital) problems and there is also a provision under the law for cruelty against women, It was, therefore, felt that if marital rape is brought under the law, the entire family system will be under great stress and the committee may perhaps be doing more injustice," the parliamentary panel examining the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012, said in its report tabled on Friday.