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Carnal Knowledge Law and Legal Definition

Carnal knowledge is sexual intercourse between a male and female in
which there is a degree of penetration of the woman’s vagina by the man’s
penis. It is a necessary legal element of rape, child molestation, or consensual
sexual relations with a female below the age of consent (“statutory rape”).
State laws vary, but the age of consent is usually between 14 and 18.

The folowing is an example of a state statute involving carnal knowledge:

“Rape and forcible carnal knowledge:

1. Whoever of the age of seventeen years or older unlawfully ravishes or carnally knows a child
under the age of eleven is guilty of a capital felony, punishable as provided in 775.082.

2. Whoever ravishes or carnally knows a person of the age of eleven years or more, by force and against his or her will, or unlawfully and carnally knows and abuses a child under the age of eleven years, shall be guilty of a life felony, punishable as provided in 775.082.

3. It shall not be necessary to prove the actual emission of
seed, but the crime shall be deemed complete upon proof of penetration
only.”

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‘Carnal Intercourse Against the Order of Nature’ Is Still Illegal in India

The countrys top court declined to revisit a law that targets gay sex — the latest setback for the subcontinent’s LGBT community and its struggle for equality.

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Indian members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community take part in a pride parade, calling for freedom from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, in Chennai on June 26, 2016. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR (Photo credit should read ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community take part in a pride parade, calling for freedom from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, in Chennai on June 26, 2016. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR (Photo credit should read ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s top court declined Wednesday to revisit the country’s ban on “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” thereby upholding a law barring gay sex, in the latest setback for the subcontinent’s LGBT community and its struggle for equality.

“The Supreme Court refused to hear the matter,” Arvind Dattar, a lawyer representing one of the signatories to the petition seeking to challenge Section 377 of the Indian penal code, told Reuters.

The ban, first penned under British rule, carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. Depending on how it is interpreted, it could also ban some straight sex acts. Convictions are uncommon, but the statute has contributed to the harassment of LGBT people and thwarted HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts, according to Human Right Watch.

The Delhi High Court overturned the law in 2009, ushering in a four-year era of increased legal protection for India’s LGBT community. But the Supreme Court put the ban back into place in 2013.

“The Indian Supreme Court’s repeated refusal to entertain challenges to the archaic colonial-era law known as Section 377 which criminalizes same-sex acts is very disappointing,” Ty Cobb, director of Human Rights Campaign Global, told Foreign Policy. “As the world’s largest democracy in a global marketplace, the government of Prime Minister Modi and the Indian judicial system should take a more proactive stance to protect vulnerable communities, including LGBTQ people.”  

A number of Indian celebrities, including chef Ritu Dalmia and hotelier Aman Nath, signed the petition challenging the law’s constitutionality. But their high-profile involvement failed to sway the court.

“Despite [LGBT people’s] achievements and contributions to India in various fields, they are being denied the right to sexuality, the most basic and inherent of fundamental rights. Section 377 renders them criminals in their own country,” the petition reads , as reported by the Indian Express.

The Supreme Court had ruled previously that the onus was on the legislature to amend the law.

The Indian embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Photo credit: ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images

Benjamin Soloway is an associate editor at Foreign Policy.  @bsoloway

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Carnal Knowledge is a Mike Niclols movie which in the 70s cause a huge amount of controversy as it examined social,and sexual morality and the changes at the time. But if you ever in the most fleeting moment ever doubt that Ann-Margret can act you can forever put that to rest by watching this movie she is amazingly raw and unflinching as Bobbie
I rented Carnal Knowledge from greencine and to be honest its a very well made movie..you can't miss the star power of Ann-Margret..great classic movie..
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The euphamish the federal government uses for sex. Doesn't make sense unless you know what "carnal knowledge" is. Otherwise it seems like the government is defining rape as knowing something about females.
" Rape is the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will ."
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sexual intercourse between a male and female in which there is at least some slight penetration of the woman's vagina by the man's penis. It is legally significant in that it is a necessary legal characteristic or element of rape, child molestation , or consensual sexual relations with a girl below the age of consent ("statutory rape"). Age of consent varies from 14 to 18, depending upon the state.
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Knowledge of sex etc. from a young age .
you went on a date when u were 12 ? thats carnal knowledge
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An act of sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex , not a spouse , who has not attained the age of sixteen years.
My third grade teacher was hot dude… she had sex with me after class one day , which I come to find out qualifies as carnal knowledge.
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