The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday directed the Punjab Police to grant protection to a couple in a live-in relationship after they moved a petition apprehending threat to their lives from their respective family members.
The court,which heard the arguments in the case,directed the Commissioner of Police,Ludhiana,to grant police protection to a 26-year-old man and his 23-year-old partner (names withheld on request) living at the mans Ludhiana residence.
The couples counsel,Gagan Oberoi,told the court that the brother and parents of the man are threatening him with dire consequences even as the woman,a divorcee,is also being threatened by her brother for living in with a man without marrying him.
Earlier,the girl who got divorce from her husband on November 18,2011,had decided to leave her house after she was made to feel like a burden on the family and shifted to the house of her friend (now her live-in partner). Refusing to accept this,the womans family started threatening her partner of dire consequences while telling him to let go the woman.
The petitioners have also alleged that after having received threats from their family members,they approached the Station House Officer (SHO) of Shimlapuri Police Station,Ludhiana. However,instead of granting protection,the SHO allegedly forced them to live separately by sayinng that false cases will be foisted on the duo.
Aggrieved,the duo filed a representation before the Commissioner of Police,Ludhiana on July 17 also, but to no avail. Left with no option,the couple moved the High Court on Thursday demanding protection.
When their joint petition came up for hearing,the court questioned their lawyer as to why the two were not getting married.
To this,their counsel contented that after her divorce,the woman was against the institution of marriage. The court remarked that for obvious reasons such a relation in our society will be unacceptable. However,the counsel argued that such a liaison can at best be called immoral but not illegal and added that both were adults and have a right to live together.
Showing conviction in the counsels arguments,the court disposed of the petition directing the Commissioner of Police,Ludhiana to grant police protection to the couple.