Live-in relationship morally and socially not acceptable: Punjab and Haryana High Court refuses to grant protection to couple

18 may 2021

Live-in relationship morally and socially not acceptable: Punjab and Haryana High Court refuses to grant protection to couple

The Punjab and Haryana High Court recently stated that live-in relationships are socially and ethically unacceptable, refusing to award protection to a couple who claimed they were in danger from their parents (Gulza Kumari v. State of Punjab). Gulza Kumari and Gurwinder Singh, who claimed to be in a live-in relationship and planning to marry, had their appeal dismissed by single-judge Justice HS Madaan. In actuality, the petitioners are seeking approval for their live-in relationship under the guise of filing the current petition, which is ethically and socially unacceptable, according to the Court, and no protection order can be issued in the case. A similar petition was recently dismissed by another bench of the same High Court, which stated that hearing a plea by a live-in couple seeking protection from their family would disrupt society's social fabric.
In a brief judgement, Justice HS Madaan accuses the pair of approaching the Court in order to get a stamp of approval for their "morally and socially unacceptable" relationship. Just six days earlier, Justice Anil Kshetarpal of the High Court dismissed another protection petition filed by a live-in couple, stating that "if such protection as claimed is given, the entire social fabric of the community will be upset." According to the Court, "Petitioner no. 1 (Girl) is just 18 years old, whereas petitioner no. 2 (Boy) is 21. They claim to be in a live-in relationship and seek protection from the relatives of petitioner number. 1 (Girl) for their lives and liberties." In addition, the Court stated, "If the sought protection is given, the entire social fabric of society will be disrupted. As a result, there is no basis for granting the protection."