The Rajasthan high court has dismissed a petition for police protection filed by a couple living in a live-in relationship as one of the partners is married. The court in its order said that to provide police protection to the petitioners, in this case, is like giving assent to the illicit relationships. The petition for police protection was moved by the petitioners on the ground that both of them are adults and are living together on free will. The petitioner woman, who is married, pleaded that she was forced to leave her husband because of his cruel behavior and there is a threat to their life, hence, they need police protection.
On the other hand, the respondents submitted that the relationship of petitioners is illicit and against the law as one of the petitioners is married. After hearing both the parties' justice Satish Kumar Sharma dismissed the petition and opined that one of the petitioners is married and not divorced from date, still, she is living in a live-in relationship and that comes under the category of an illicit relationship. However, the court held that if any crime is committed against the petitioners then they can approach the police in the due legal course. The order, written in Hindi, rejected the request for police protection, adding that granting police protection to the petitioners would “amount to indirectly giving permission/acceptance to such illicit relationships”. “Apart from the aforementioned, if any crime is committed with the petitioners, they are free to lodge a report with the concerned police station or avail other available legal remedies,” says the order.
While passing the order, Justice Sharma also cited a recent order of the Allahabad High Court, wherein it had rejected the request for police protection in a similar case.
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