“It is not disputed that the girl was single before she gave birth and that the boy was a bachelor before developing a sexual relationship. Both of them lived like husband and wife. Therefore, the children born to them are legitimate and if children are legitimate then how can they not be husband and wife,” said Singh.
On the other hand, some youngsters were not happy with the decision. Nagesh Kumar, 25, said, “What’s wrong with sex? If sex before marriage is considered as marriage, then what will sex with a prostitute be considered? Will it be considered as arranged marriage?”
However, state secretary, All India Democratic Women Alliance (AIDWA) Madhu Garg called the judgment historic and pro-women. “This is the issue of domestic partnership and awarding rights to a girl who entered into a living relationship on the confidence of getting married later.”
“In 2010, a Delhi court held that sex outside marriage was equal to rape,” said advocate Prashant Kumar, adding, “this was because the man had seduced the woman by promising marriage. But in 2013, the Supreme Court overturned a similar conviction by raising the bar of proof, so it differs from case to case.”