In some countries, notably jurisdictions which have inherited the Indian Penal Code such as Singapore , India , Bangladesh , Sri Lanka , Burma and some countries in the Commonwealth Caribbean region, the laws explicitly exempt spouses from prosecution for instance, under the Indian Penal Code, which has also been inherited by other countries in the region, the law on rape states that "Sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife is not rape". The Codex Theodosianus C. In various societies the choice of partner is often limited to suitable persons from specific social groups. In other societies a person is expected to marry their cross-cousin , a woman must marry her father's sister's son and a man must marry his mother's brother's daughter — this is often the case if either a society has a rule of tracing kinship exclusively through patrilineal or matrilineal descent groups as among the Akan people of West Africa. Resolved, That the women of this country ought to be enlightened in regard to the laws under which they -live, that they may no longer publish their degradation, by declaring themselves satisfied with their present position, nor their ignorance, by asserting that they have all the rights they want. The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her. In many countries, married women may not refuse to have sexual relations with their husbands, and often have no say in whether they use contraception. Therefore, a man could not be prosecuted for raping his own wife because she was his possession Schelong, For more serious infections, open appendectomies are still performed. He has usurped the prerogative of Jehovah himself, claiming it as his right to assign for her a sphere of action, when that belongs to her conscience and her God. Feenstra , U. Of these, 32 have made marital rape a specific criminal offence, while the remaining 74 do not exempt marital rape from general rape provisions. Marriages between parents and children, or between full siblings, with few exceptions,         have been considered incest and forbidden. A vote taken upon the amendment was carried, and papers circulated to obtain signatures. Examples include the Celtic practice of handfasting and fixed-term marriages in the Muslim community. Having deprived her of this first right of a citizen, the elective franchise, thereby leaving her without representation in the halls of legislation, he has oppressed her on all sides. The minutes of the previous day having been read, E.