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Consenting adults have right to live together, families can’t interfere – Allahabad

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A division bench of the Allahabad High Court on Monday, November 30 observed that nobody, including parents, has the authority to interfere with two adults living with their free will.

A bench of Justices Anjani Kumar Mishra and Prakash Padia said that, 

“Live­-in relationship is a relationship which has not been socially accepted in India, unlike many other countries. In the case of Lata Singh vs. State of U.P. reported in (2006) 2 SCC(Cri) 478, it was observed that a live-in relationship between two consenting adults of heterosexual sex does not amount to any offence even though it may be perceived as immoral”,

The court’s order was based on a petition filed by a couple seeking protection from harassment by the woman’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 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 mentioned in its order