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Adult couple can live together, says SC

The court held that live-in relationships were now even recognised by the legislature.

The court held that live-in relationships were now even recognised by the legislature.  

Allows Kerala woman to make her own choice

An adult couple has a right to live together without marriage, the Supreme Court said, while asserting that a 20-year-old Kerala woman, whose marriage had been annulled, could choose whom she wanted to live with.

The top court held that live-in relationships were now even recognised by the legislature and they had found a place under the provisions of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.

The observations came while the top court was hearing a plea filed by Nandakumar against a Kerala HC order annulling his marriage with Thushara on the ground that he had not attained the legal age of marriage. The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act states that a woman can’t marry before the age of 18, and a man before 21.

Mr. Nandakumar, who had approached the top court, will turn 21 on May 30 this year. The HC had also granted the custody of Ms. Thushara to her father after noting that she was not Mr. Nandakumar’s “lawfully wedded” wife.

A Bench of justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said their marriage could not said to be “null and void” merely because Mr. Nandakumar was less than 21 at the time of marriage. It set aside the HC order granting custody to the father.

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