Courts Update Rajasthan HC allows police protection to live-in couple

Rajasthan HC allows police protection to live-in couple

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Jaipur, Jun 7 (ILNS) The Rajasthan High Court, recently granted police protection to the Unmarried Couple staying together in a live-in-relationship, and said that personal life, liberty has to be protected irrespective of the fact that relation between two major individuals may be termed as immoral.

Anshuman Saxena Counsel for the Petitioners submitted that both the Petitioners are major and unmarried. They are living in live-in relationship with each other, but their relatives and others are not happy with their relationship and are threatening them. Petitioners said that their life and liberty is in danger, and requested the court to provide police protection to them.

A Single Judge Bench comprising of Justice Satish Kumar Sharma while considering the Petition observed that it is well settled legal position as expounded by the Supreme Court of India in several cases that personal life and liberty has to be protected, except according to procedure established by law as mandated under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, irrespective of the fact that the relation between two major individuals may be termed as immoral and unsocial.

The High Court further observed that under Section 29 of the Rajasthan Police Act, 2007 every police officer in the State is duty bound to protect the life and liberty of the citizens.

“Therefore, having regard to the above submissions but without expressing any opinion on the genuineness or correctness of the allegations made by the petitioners, this petition is disposed of with the direction that the counsel for the petitioners shall send a copy of the petition along with its annexures to the Station House Officer of concerned Police Station through e-mail, and on receipt of the same, the SHO concerned shall treat it as a complaint and after due inquiry, he shall take necessary preventive measures and other steps to ensure safety and security of the petitioners in accordance with law” , the order reads.

Recently, Punjab & Haryana High Court in another case, while dismissing the Petition of a live in relationship Couple said that “ the petitioners in the garb of filing the petition are seeking seal of approval on their live-in-relationship, which is morally and socially not acceptable and no protection order can be passed.”/ILNS/SNG

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