Thursday, September 21, 2023

Punjab and Haryana High Court rejects plea to protect live-in relationship since woman was still married to another

The Punjab and Haryana High Court recently refused to grant police protection to a live-in couple after noting that one of the persons in the live-in relationship was still married to another.

the relationship, terming it "illicit" and "promiscuous", since the woman had a subsisting marriage as well as a son from that wedlock.

While the woman had claimed that her husband had been beating her, the judge took critical note that neither had the woman filed for divorce nor taken any other action against the same.

The Court proceeded to reject the plea to protect the woman and her live-in partner after also noting that only vague allegations of threats have been made in the petition.

Merely the sweet will of the petitioners and the right to life and liberty granted to them under the Constitution of India cannot be a right in isolation and with every right, there comes a duty which is also to be adhered to,” 

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