The Supreme Court of India has ruled that an unmarried adult couple has the right to live together. The ruling came while hearing the case of a 20-year-old Kerala man whose marriage was annulled.
Nandakumar filed a plea in SC against the order by Kerala High Court annulling his marriage with Thushara. The ground was given that he got married when he was 20-year-old and that’s not legal. According to Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, the legal age for a girl to get married is 18 and a boy is 21.
The bench of justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said that the marriage couldn’t be considered “null and void” only because Nandakumar was less than 21 during the marriage. They stated:
“Appellant No 1 as well as Thushara are Hindus. Such a marriage is not a void marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, and as per the provisions of section 12, which can be attracted in such a case, at the most, the marriage would be a voidable marriage.”
This is not all, they further said that if they were legally not eligible to enter the wedlock, then they have every right to live outside the same.
Here’s a part of the ruling:
“It is sufficient to note that both appellant No 1 and Thushara are major. Even if they were not competent to enter into wedlock (which position itself is disputed), they have right to live together even outside wedlock.”
The SC further clarified that the court is not in a position to interfere with a marriage of two consenting adults. Also, it cannot annul the marriage in a habeas corpus (a writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court, for securing the person’s release) petition.
The apex court held that live-in relationship is now recognized by the legislature. Also, it’s a part of provisions of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.
Following the ruling, Twitterati got abuzz with reactions. Here are some:
Yeah really a great news… ab bahar ke desho ki tarah hi , yahan k Baccho ko bhi pata nahi hoga ki uski maa, ya uska baap kon hai… 🙅
— Kurt Cobain (@Kurt_Cobain_05) May 7, 2018
A step towards destroying our culture and creating a nation of bastards… literally.
— Babar Siddiqui (@sidbabar) May 7, 2018
Its against our culture. However many other things also not in our culture but going on. In my opinion this is not a good decision.
— Ankit Chandra (@Akki_180683) May 7, 2018
Slowly we are heading towards foreign laws… not in our culture…new generation will take advantages & there will be more breakups…frauds…cheat..this is only a great news fr ppl who keep on flirting…
— Monica Shewale (@MonicaShewale) May 7, 2018
Great news for those youngsters who run away from their parents place to live a happy life..😑
— Sudhanshu Pandey (@volatilepandey9) May 7, 2018
However, there are also those who rejoiced at the news and here’s what they said:
Moral guardians will wake up in few hours… Just wait…
— Abhishek Apte (@I_AbhishekA) May 7, 2018
The sad part is that you need Supreme court to approve this in our country
— Nansingh9 (@Nansingh91) May 7, 2018
What about the society that’ll judge that couple?
— Sarvesh Anand (@guptesarvesh) May 7, 2018
Meanwhile bhakts are still single & defending their virginity 👇 pic.twitter.com/kzC5bs2zpc
— Aftab (@AFTAB__ANSARI) May 7, 2018
Well not a great news for a married man like me 😂 it would have been great if this happened before I got married..
— Ravish Kumar (@WeSupportRavish) May 7, 2018
This is the kind of news where Radicals of all religion have consensus.
— Suhail Ahmed🇮🇳 (@suhail_ahmed_) May 7, 2018
What type of idiots these bhakts are beyond belief 😨
If on occasions others criticize the supreme court, they label those as anti-nationals and if judgement is not in their so called Hindutva favor they don’t hesitate to criticize openly.. 😜
— Mohammed Anwar Ali (@Anwaralimd1) May 7, 2018
Though the court legalized live-in relationship but will the society stop seeing it as a sin?