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'Live-in relationships are time pass,' observes Allahabad High Court, rejects couple's plea

The petition was filed by the couple seeking the quashing of an FIR against the man alleging the offense of kidnapping under IPC Section 366.

Shashwat Bhandari Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Published on: October 23, 2023 22:25 IST
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The Allahabad High Court has observed that live-in relationships are 'time pass' and are characterised by a lack of stability and sincerity adding they are more of an infatuation against the opposite sex.

The court's observation came as it rejected a plea by an inter-faith couple who were seeking police protection from families expecting a threat from them.

Rejecting the couple's plea, Allahabad High Court bench led by Justices Rahul Chaturvedi and Mohd Azhar Husain Idrisi observed, "No doubt that Hon'ble the Apex Court in number of cases, have validated the live-in relationship but in the span of two months in a tender age of 20-22 years, we cannot expect that the couple would be able to give a serious thought over their such type of temporary relationship."

"As mentioned above, it is more of infatuation against (sic) opposite sex without any sincerity. The life is not a bed of roses. It examines every couple on the ground of hard and rough realities. Our experience shows, that such type of relationship often result into timepass, temporary and fragile and as such, we are avoiding to give any protection to the petitioner during the stage of investigation," the bench observed.

The couple had approached the Allahabad High Court seeking quashing of an FIR against the man alleging an offense of kidnapping under IPC Section 366. The couple also requested for police protection against the family, however, their plea was rejected. 

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