neutrality, but in this provision, as we perceive, the said concept is absent. That part, it is to be seen when there is conferment of any affirmative right on women, can it go to the extent of treating them as the victim in all circumstance.
Section 497 states, “whoever has sexual intercourse with a person whose and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape, is guilty of the offence of adultery and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend up to five years, or with fine, or with both. In such a case, the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor.
A time has come when society must realize that a woman is equal to a man in every field. This provision, prima facie, appears to be quite archaic. When society progresses and rights are conferred, new generations of thoughts spring, and that is why we are inclined to issue notice, the court observes