PRAYAGRAJ: The Allahabad high court has held that two adults are at liberty to live together and no person shall be permitted to interfere in their peaceful live-in relationship.
While quashing the first information report, which was lodged by the father of a girl in Jaunpur district, a division bench of Allahabad high court comprising Justice Suneet Kumar and Justice Syed Waiz Mian relied upon a judgment of the apex court which provided that live-in relationship between the consenting adults is legal if the requirements of marriage, such as legal age of marriage, consent and soundness of mind, are met. No rule permits or bans such connections, the apex court had added.
In the landmark case of S. Khushboo Vs Kanniammal, the apex court held that a live-in relationship comes within the ambit of the right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, which provides that no person can be deprived of his life and personal liberty except according to the procedure established by law. The court further held that live-in relationships are permissible, and the act of two major living together cannot be considered unlawful or illegal.

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