Punjab and Haryana HC says live-in relations not morally, socially acceptable

The Punjab & Haryana High Court has dismissed a plea by a young couple who had sought the court’s approval of their live-in relationship, saying such relations are not morally and socially acceptable.

The couple, a 19-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh and a 22-year-old man from Punjab, submitted that they wanted to get married shortly but suspected that their lives are in danger due to her family. They sought seek directions from the High Court to the Punjab Police to protect their life and liberty. 

After hearing the facts and circumstances, the bench of Justice H.S. Madaan stated: “As a matter of fact, the petitioners in the garb of filing the present petition are seeking seal of approval on their live-in-relationship, which is morally and socially not acceptable and no protection order in the petition can be passed. The petition stands dismissed accordingly.”

The petitioner-couple submitted they had been in a relationship for the last four years now. However, the woman’s family is against the inter-caste marriage and hence did not approve of the relationship. They had no other option but to run away from their families to save their lives and liberty. They further submitted that they do want to get married but are unable to do so as the woman’s essential documents are in the possession of her family

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After being threatened by the woman’s family, the couple had given a representation to the concerned SSP of Police through e-mail in April. But they continued to receive threats from the family members and approached the High Court for protection. 

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