'Hare-brained petition...' SC rejects plea seeking registration of live-in relationships in India
New Delhi, March 20: Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking to frame rules and guidelines for the registration of live-in partnerships in the country and called it "hare-brained petition."
A bench led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud dismissed the petition and said, "What kind of petition is this, and are people coming with anything?"
The court asked the petitioner: Are you trying to foster the security of these people or not let people be in live-in relationships?
The petitioner and advocate Mamta Rani sought direction from the Centre to frame rules and guidelines for the registration of live-in partnerships as expeditiously as possible in the interest of justice.
In the Public Interest Litigation, the lawyer requested that the Central Government issue guidelines for the registration of live-in relationships, as well as guidelines for the registration and social security of every citizen living in a live-in relationship.
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The petitioner stated that he is seeking the Court's indulgence in granting social equality and security to all live-in partners who want to live their lives freely as citizens of India, a secular and democratic country where the courts have always worked to protect all citizens of the country.
"Time and again this Court has been the protector of the live-in partners and has passed a numerous number of judgments which is having the effect of giving protection to the members of the live-in partnership be it the women, men or even the children born out of such relationship."
"Even looking at the present scenario and there being absolutely no rules and guidelines covering the live-in partnerships, there has been a vast increase in the crimes by the live-in partners including major crimes like rape and murder," the petitioner added.
The petitioner stated that there is a need for laws governing live-in relationships and that the Central Government should work on developing a database to determine the exact number of people in our country who are involved in a live-in relationship.
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