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Live-in partners can’t complain of infidelity, says Delhi high court

A partner in a live-in relationship can walk out of it without any legal consequence and people cannot complain of infidelity if one partner in a live-in relationship ditches the other, the Delhi high court said today.

“Live-in relationship is a walk-in and walk-out relationship,” Justice SN Dhingra said while quashing criminal proceedings initiated by a woman against her live-in partner after he refused to marry her.

“There are no strings attached to this relationship nor does this relationship create any legal bond between the parties,” the justice said.

“People who chose to have a live-in relationship cannot complain of infidelity or immorality as live-in relationships are also known to have been between a married man and unmarried woman or between a married woman and unmarried man.”

The court passed the order on a petition filed by a London-based lawyer, against whom a criminal complaint was filed by a woman with whom he had had a live-in relationship, seeking to quash proceedings against him.

The petitioner, Alok Kumar, submitted that he refused to marry the woman as his parents were against the relationship.

Granting relief to Kumar, the court said the first information report should be quashed to prevent misuse of the criminal justice system for personal vengeance of a partner in a live-in relationship.

“It is a contract of living together which is renewed everyday by the parties and can be terminated by either of the parties without the consent of the other party and one party can walk out at will at any time,” the court said.

“Those who do not want to enter into this kind of relationship of walk-in and walk-out, they enter into a relationship of marriage where the bond between the parties has legal implications and obligations and cannot be broken by either party at will,” the court said.

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  1. Arif
    January 22, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Indira Jaising will be jumping up and down after this ruling because in her opinion, if a woman walks out of a relationship, that is OK whereas if a man walks out of a relationship, that is wrong.

  2. anand
    January 31, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I think Arif’s comments should read “Indra Jaising and her ilk”…

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