While rejecting a plea filed by a fugitive couple seeking protection, the Punjab and Haryana High Court stated that a live-in relationship is morally and socially wrong.
Petitioners Gulza Kumari, 19, and Gurwinder Singh, 22, said in their petition that they were living together and planning to marry soon. The couple have alleged that the girl's family has threatened them since their elopement.
Single-judge Justice HS Madaan turned down the plea in his order, dated May 11, "As a matter of fact, the petitioners in the garb of filing the present petition are seeking seal of approval on their live-in-relationship, which is morally and socially not acceptable and no protection order in the petition can be passed. The petition stands dismissed accordingly."
The couple were living together in Tarn Taran area, according to petitioner's lawyer JS Thakur. He said that Ms Kumari's parents, who live in Ludhiana, disapproved of their relationship and the reason why the couple couldn't marry was, because Ms Kumari's paperwork, which included her age-related documents, were with her family.
The order had sparked fury among the civil-rights activists, who had been arguing that the country's Apex Court had already recognized live-in relationships.