"It concerns life and liberty:" Supreme Court orders protection to couple in live-in relationship after Punjab & Haryana High Court denied relief
The Supreme Court of India has ordered police to provide security to a couple who are living together after the Punjab and Haryana High Court denied them relief (Gurwinder Singh v. State of Punjab). On June 4, a Division Bench comprising Justices Navin Sinha and Ajay Rastogi directed that, because the matter involves life and liberty, police should act quickly in light of the couple's threats. "It goes without saying that, because this is a matter of life and liberty, the Superintendent of Police is required to act quickly and in accordance with the law, including the grant of any protection to the petitioners in light of the apprehensions/threats, without regard to the High Court's observations," the Court ordered. The couple had made an initial complaint to the Superintendent of Police (SP), but it was ignored. They subsequently went to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which denied their case, claiming that live-in relationships are ethically and socially unacceptable. "In fact, the petitioners are seeking seal of approval on their live-in relationship in the guise of filing the present case, which is morally and socially unacceptable, and no protection order in the petition can be given," a single-judge bench led by Justice HS Madaan had stated. The couple subsequently took their case to the Supreme Court, which allowed the petitioners to supplement their representation to the SP while also requiring the police to take necessary action in response to their submission. "We've looked over the presentation (s). Both petitions allowing petitioners the right to augment their representations to the Superintendent of Police are dismissed "According to the Supreme Court. In the recent few weeks, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued conflicting rulings on the issue of granting relief to couples in live-in relationships. Eventually, the question was referred to a larger Bench for answering the issue.