The Punjab and Haryana High Court has observed that merely because two adults are living together for a few days, their claim of a live-in relationship based upon a "bald averment" may not be enough to hold that they are truly in a live-in-relationship. Justice Manoj Bajaj observed that it has to be constantly borne in mind that the length of the relationship coupled with discharge of certain duties and responsibilities towards each other makes such relationship akin to the marital relations.
The court dismissed the plea of a couple of Haryana's Yamunanagar district seeking protection from the family members of the woman. The court, in its November 26 order, also imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on the petitioners.
"Merely because the two adults are living together for a few days, their claim of live-in-relationship based upon bald averment may not be enough to hold that they are truly in live-in-relationship," it said. The counsel for the petitioners an 18-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man said that they were in love with each other and would marry on attaining the age of majority.