Consenting adults have right to live together, rules Allahabad HC

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The court noted that though live-in relationships are not accepted by the Indian society, they do not amount to any offence under law.
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Guwahati: The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday ruled that two consenting adults in a relationship have the right to live together without any interference from their families.

The court’s order was based on a petition filed by a couple seeking protection from harassment by the women’s family. The petitioners, aged 24 and 28, told the court that they had been living together for six months.

The court noted that though live-in relationships are not accepted by the Indian society, they do not amount to any offence under law.

The woman informed the court that her family had been forcing her to marry another man so she went to live with her partner. The couple sought police protection in March but no action was taken on their request.

A bench comprising Justice Anjani Kumar Mishra and Justice Prakash Padia said in an order passed on Monday that “Hon’ble Apex Court in a long line of decisions has settled the law that where a boy and a girl are major and they are living with their free will, then nobody including their parents has authority to interfere with their living together.”

The court noted that even the Supreme Court, in several verdicts, had upheld the right of consenting adults to live together.

The bench also directed the petitioners to approach the police if they face any trouble and need security. “In case any disturbance is caused in the peaceful living of the petitioners, the petitioners shall approach the senior superintendent of police, Farrukhabad, who shall provide immediate protection to the petitioners,” the court said in its order.

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