Jump to. Two adults have the right to live together even if they have not attained marriageable age, the Supreme Court has said.
The ruling came in a recent Kerala case of a father filing a plea for his daughter eloping with an 'underage' boy. Hence, according to the law, if you are an adult you can live in with another adult.
Live-in relationships were declared as an acceptable custom in Indian society by the Supreme Court on July 23, Here is how. A woman aged 29, who has been in a live-in relationship with her partner for three years, thinks that "however free couples living-in together are according to the law in our country, society does not accept them in the same way.
The judiciary has come along way in decriminalising and criminalising a lot of things, but the problem lies in the people, their mindsets, their thinking". Read the recent judgment by the Supreme Court bench here.
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Adults don't have to marry, can stay in a live-in relationship: Laws you should know In light of the recently updated law that de-criminalizes live-in relationships, the bench ruled that 'marriageable age is not a relevant factor for living together by two adults'. Read to know the live-in relationship laws in India and the recent judgment.
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Representational image. The Kerala case A father filed a missing person report after his year-old daughter had allegedly eloped and married a boy of under 21 years of age Since the girl was of marriageable age but the boy wasn't, the Kerala High Court entrusted the custody of the girl to her father The boy approached the apex court contending that since the girl is admittedly a major, she has the right to live wherever she wants to or move as per her choice and the high court could not have entrusted the girl to her father.
Even if they were not competent to enter into wedlock which position itself is disputedthey have the right to live together even outside wedlock.
It would not be out of place to mention that 'live-in relationship' is now recognised by the legislature itself which has found its place under the provisions of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, We make it clear that the freedom of choice would be of Thushara the girl as to with whom she wants to live - the bench said while allowing the appeal.
When we [she and her partner] were looking for a place to stay, we were rejected by about 20 landlords before we finally were accepted at the one we have been living in since.