In another decision conflicting with the views of other benches, the Punjab and Haryana High Court granted protection to a live-in couple, observing that it is not for the courts to judge when a couple has decided to be together.
According to a report published in a daily, a bench of Justice Sant Parkash passed the order on June 3 on a protection plea filed by a 17-year-old girl and a 20-year-old boy from Bathinda. The bench observed that even though the girl was not of marriageable age, the petitioners had not asked the court for permission to marry or to approve their relationship.
The bench further said it would be failing in its duty to provide people a “right to their life and liberty” by not intervening in the matter.
The plea stated that the girl’s parents wanted her to marry a person of their choice, following which she left her home to live with her partner. The couple has decided to live together till the time they get married.
“It would be a travesty of justice in case protection is denied to persons who have opted to reside together without the sanctity of marriage,” the bench said.
Citing cases of honour killings in the region, the bench said, “It is for the State at this juncture, to ensure their protection and their personal liberty.”