The government has published a new clause to its Domestic Abuse Bill to end the so-called “rough sex defence”.

The amendment would rule out “consent for sexual gratification” as a defence for causing serious harm, in England and Wales court proceedings.

Justice Minister Alex Chalk promised last week to amend the bill to make clear such a defence was unacceptable.

Labour’s Harriet Harman said the new amendment was a “milestone” in ending violence against women.

Campaign group We Can’t Consent To This, which wants to make it the expectation that murder charges are brought against those suspected of killing a person during sex, hailed it as a “victory”.

The current law says that if someone kills another person during sexual activity they could be charged with manslaughter alone, while

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