London - A man faces being legally barred from making love to his wife because she no longer has the mental capacity to give consent.
Social workers with responsibility for the wife’s care say her health has deteriorated to such an extent that she is not able to decide whether she wants to have sex.
The woman, who has learning difficulties, has been married for 20 years. If the order is granted, her husband would face jail if he carried on having sex with her.
A judge at the Court of Protection in London, which decides on questions of whether people have the mental capacity to make certain decisions, has come under fire on social media for his comments on the case. Suggesting that a sex ban would be difficult to monitor, Mr Justice Hayden said: "I cannot think of any more obviously fundamental human right than the right of a man to have sex with his wife – and the right of the state to monitor that."