THE Punjab and Haryana High Court has granted protection to a 17-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man in a live-in relationship, observing that it is not for the courts to judge them if they want to stay together without the sanctity of marriage. The order of the single bench came following a petition by the couple from Punjab’s Bathinda who sought protection of their life and liberty from the family members of the former.
The court also observed that honour killings were prevalent in northern parts of India, particularly in parts of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, and said it is for the state to ensure protection of such couples. The petitioners submitted that the parents of the girl wanted her to marry a person of their choice as they had come to know about her relationship. She left her parents’ home and started living with her partner. They decided to live together till such time as they could solemnise a marriage on attaining the marriageable age.