Intervening couple’s decision of staying together in a live-in relationship refused by the Punjab and Haryana high court

The decision to intervene a couple for their mutual decision of staying together in live-in relationship without the sanctity of marriage was refused by the Punjab and Haryana high court by stating that if a couple has decided, courts are not to judge them on their agreement.

While hearing the plea filed by a 17-year-old and a 20-year-old boy from Bhatinda who had approached the court in order to seek protection from the family members of the girl, a bench of justice Sant Parkash observed that since the petitioners have taken a decision of staying together in live-in relationship, the court can’t judge them on their decision.

The girl’s parents wanted her to marry a person of their choice knowing which she left her paternal home to live with her partner and informed the court about the same with the decision of staying together in a live-in relationship until they achieve the age where they are legally allowed to solemnise their marriage.

It was said to be a “travesty of justice” if protection is denied to people opting for live-in relationships without the sanctity of marriage thereby, facing dire consequences at the hands of people whom protection is sought, the court said on the denying protection to such people opting for such relationships.

In such conditions, one cannot lose the sight of honour killings which are evident in Nothern parts of India and particularly in some parts of Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, as per the court, spotlighting the killings by families in the name of honour.

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