Punjab & Haryana HC gives protection to married woman in a live-in relationship
Judge says “times are changing”
Gurugram, March 1 (Delhi Crown): In today’s world when eyebrows are raised at someone saying in a “live-in” relationship, a judge at Punjab & Haryana High Court has directed the Punjab government to provide protection to a married woman in a live-in relationship with another man.
Hailing from Punjab’s Fazilka district, the woman had moved the High Court seeking protection from her family for being in a “live-in” relationship with another man.
Delivering the landmark order, Justice Anoop Chitkara observed that “times are changing”, and that it was high time to “value an individual’s life above all”.
The judge said – “Times are changing. We are governed by ruled of law and follow Constitutional dharma. In the ever-evolving society, evolving the law with it, the time is to shift perspective from didactics (instructions) of the orthodox society shackled with strong strings of morality supported by religions to one that values an individual’s life above all.”
The judge also said that every individual in India had an inherent and indefeasible fundamental right to life flowing from Article 21 of the Constitution and that the state is duty-bound to protect life.