Live In Relationship Essay

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Live-in Relationship in India: To be or not to be? “With changing social norms of legitimacy in every society, including ours, what was illegitimate in the past may be legitimate today.” -Hon’ble Justice A.K. Ganguly in Revanasiddappa v. Mallikarjun Live-in Relationship: Introduction In India, marriages are considered consecrated and sacrosanct in nature. The Indian wedding ceremonies are one of the greatest ritualistic and seriously performed affairs and therefore, are not merely regarded as social or legal event, rather are considered as the merger of two souls. The concept of Live-in relationship is not an offense in India but continues to be socially unacceptable by a huge chunk of our society. However, with the constant changes in our dynamic society, welcoming of extremely differing western cultures and lifestyle inclusive of the concept of 'live-in' has been witnessed. Live-in- Relationship is an understanding and a kind of living arrangement wherein an unmarried couple cohabits together in a long-term relationship that mirrors a marriage to quite an extent. This kind of cohabitation takes place due to numerous reasons such as willingness to test their compatibility before any kind of commitment into a legal union or the need to maintain their single status for some sort of financial reasons, even basic reasons such as the partners mutually feel that marriage is unnecessary. Irrespective of the reasons, it has been witnessed that from the time period of 1970 to 1990, the number of couples living together without getting married has quadrupled from a count of 523,000 to nearly 3 million. India is the land where marriages are still considered as one of the most important parts of the l... ... middle of paper ... ...clare live-in analogous to marriage. Although only comparatively stable and rationally long duration relationship between the parties are given the advantage of and benefits arising out of the 2005 Act. The contemporary society expects certain consistency from the reliable judiciary with regards to such sensitive issues. While dealing with such issues the judiciary must have pragmatic and logical approach instead of a pedantic and conservative approach. In the absence of proper social and legal classification of non-marital relationships the field is wide open and thus, numerous judicial functionaries must continuously preach upon the requirement to separate or compartmentalize a “relation in the nature of marriage” from the concept of “open relationship or one night stands”. Hence, the question of whether to be or not to be remains! MEHTAB KATYAL 20120245 SECTION-E
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