Delhi high court says “Live -in relationships are crazy”
Despite legal legitimacy, live-in relationships are largely perceived to be immoral and it is a fad visible only in urban areas, a Delhi court observed today while dubbing it as “infamous western cultural product”. In remarks that may stoke a controversy, Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Surinder S Rathi said, “Traditionally speaking, live-in relationships were alien to our nation till late. Even today it is fad which is visible only in urban areas.”
The judge made the observations while handing down a seven-year jail term and a fine of Rs. 7 lakh to a woman hailing from Mizoram for killing her live-in partner, a Nigerian national, in north Delhi over three years back.
“Lately, not only the Hon’ble Supreme Court gave a legal cover to this infamous western cultural product but our Parliament also accorded some degree of protection by including live-in relationship under definition of domestic relationships as defined in section 2 of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act,” he noted. The ASJ also said that “despite all the developments granting a level of legal legitimacy to live-in relationship, it is largely perceived to be an immoral relation in our society.”
The case pertains to 28-year-old Zarzoliani stabbing her live-in partner Victor Okon Efflong, 28, to death in 2008 as she did not approve his withdrawing money from her bank account. Zarzoliani once worked in an orphanage in Manipur and had moved in with Victor in his rented apartment in north Delhi near Delhi University.