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Legal position on live-in relationships in India



  May 14, 2024

Legal position on live-in relationships in India



What is the legal position on live-in relationships in India?

India does not have specific laws directly addressing live-in relationships. However, the Supreme Court has ruled that cohabitation between two consenting adults is not a criminal offense and falls under the "right to life." The court has also extended certain legal protections to live-in partners, such as those under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.

What did the Allahabad High Court state with respect to Muslims and live-in relationships?

In a recent case, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court ruled that a Muslim cannot claim rights in a live-in relationship while having a living spouse. The court deemed such a relationship against Islamic tenets. However, it acknowledged that the situation might differ if both parties were unmarried.

Key points to note:

● Live-in relationships are legal in India, even if not explicitly defined by law.

● The Supreme Court has recognized certain rights and protections for live-in partners.

● Different courts have taken varying stances on the legality of live-in relationships involving married individuals,particularly in cases where one or both partners are Muslim.

● The recent Allahabad High Court ruling highlights the complexity of the issue and the potential for differing legal interpretations based on religious and personal laws.

It's important to consult with legal professionals to understand the specific legal implications of live-in relationships,especially in cases involving married individuals or those from different religious backgrounds.



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