The Rajasthan High Court recently in a declaration mentioned the live-in relationship between a man and a married woman as “illicit”.
In the order, the single-judge bench of Justice Satish Kumar Sharma also rejected the petitioners’ plea for police protection. The petitioners had explained that they are being coerced by the respondents and their existence are in danger.
The plea was jointly filed by a 30-year-old married woman and a 27-year-old man from the Jhunjhunu district. During the hearing, the counsel for the petitioners acknowledged that both the petitioners are adults and are consensually in a live-in relationship.
The petition also says the woman is wedded but has been compelled to live separately because of physical abuse and brutality by her husband.
Their counsel enhanced by the petitioners is constantly obtaining warnings because of their live-in relationship and their lives are in threat. The petitioners had desired police protection on this ground.
“It is apparent from assessing all the documents of both sides that petitioner number 1 is already married. She hasn’t got a divorce but despite that, she is living with petitioner number 2 in a live-in relationship. In such an outline, the live-in relationship between the two comes under the category of an illicit relationship,” says the order by the court of Justice Sharma, passed on August 12.
Dismissing the safety plea of a married woman staying in a live-in relationship with her partner, the Allahabad High Court had recently observed that a live-in relationship cannot be at the cost of the social fabric of this country.