“Live-in relationship cannot be at the cost of social fabric of this country”: Rajasthan High Court.
The High Court of Rajasthan dismissed the petition and rejected police protection to a couple on the judgement given on 13th of August 2021. The petition was filed with respect to Maya Devi vs State of Rajasthan S.B. Criminal Miscellaneous Petition NO. 3314/2021. The bench that consisted of Honorable Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma dismissed the petition that was filed under Section 482 criminal procedure code for protection of life and personal liberty of the petitioners.
FACTS OF THE CASE:
The petitioner was a married lady but she was compelled to leave her matrimonial house. She was living with her live-in-partner, Petitioner No 2. The private respondents and others were not happy with their relation and they were threatening the petitioners. Given that their life and liberty is in danger, the petitioners prayed that police protection be granted to them. This petition was filed under Section 482 Cr.P.C. for the protection of life and personal liberty of the petitioner and her live-in-partner.
The Court relied on the judgement given by a Division Bench of Allahabad High Court in Smt. Aneeta vs. State of Uttar Pradesh. (Writ C.No.14443/2021) and observed that live-in-relationship cannot be at the cost of social fabric of this country, and directing the police to grant protection may indirectly give our assent to such illicit relations. The court thus held that “the prayer for granting police protection is rejected; however, in case any offence is committed with the petitioners they are at liberty to lodge FIR in concerned police station or may take available legal recourse”.
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JUDGEMENT REVIEWED BY CHANDANA SHEKAR