Allahabad high court: Live-in relations are infatuation, lack sincerity

Allahabad high court: Live-in relations are infatuation, lack sincerity

PRAYAGRAJ: The

Allahabad high court

, while dismissing a plea filed by an interfaith live-in couple seeking police protection, has observed that such kind of relationships are “more about

infatuation

” without any

sincerity

, and “they often result in timepass”.

Though accepting that the Supreme Court has in several cases validated live-in relationships, a division bench of Justices Rahul Chaturvedi and Mohammad Azhar Husain Idrisi said that in a period of two months, and that too at the tender age of 20-22 years, the court cannot expect that the couple would be able to give serious thought to a temporary relationship.

“Unless and until the couple decide to marry and give a name to their relationship, and are sincere towards each other, the court shuns and avoids to express (sic) any opinion about such relationships,” it added.

It said the petitioners’ counsel had stated “in the opening arguments itself” that the couple “are in torrid affair with each other (sic)” and that petitioner No. 2 had “enticed away the girl…”

The case relates to a petition filed jointly by a young Hindu woman and a Muslim man challenging an

FIR

lodged against the boy by the girl’s aunt under

IPC

Section 366 (kidnapping). In their plea, the couple also sought police protection as they had decided to remain in a live-in relationship.


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The woman’s counsel contended that she was over 20 years of age and, being a major, had every right to decide her future, and she had chosen petitioner No. 2, as her boyfriend with whom she wanted to be in a live-in relationship.

On the other hand, the counsel for the informant (woman’s aunt) opposed the plea, contending that the young woman’s partner was already facing an FIR under Sections 2/3 of the UP Gangsters Act, and that “he was a road Romeo and a vagabond who has no future and, in all certainty, he would ruin the girl’s life”.

“It is more of infatuation against opposite sex without any sincerity. It examines every couple on the ground of hard and rough realities. Our experience shows, that such type of relationship often result in timepass, temporary and fragile and as such, we are avoiding to give any protection to the petitioner during the stage of investigation (sic),” the bench said on September 25.

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