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Live-in relationships are killing city girls

bhopal Updated: Sep 10, 2012 13:22 IST
M Poornima

Live-in relations are driving young girls of the city towards depression and even suicides. The shocking revelation has come on the basis of observations made at a family counselling centre of the Mahila Police Station.

Ruchi (name changed), resident of Ashoka Garden area, who runs a beauty parlor met Sourabh (name changed) who used to live in the same locality and they became friends. The friendship turned into love and soon they started living together. When Ruchi came to know that she was pregnant, she started forcing Sourabh to marry her but he refused and left her. The girl tried to commit suicide by cutting her wrist but was unsuccessful.

She went to the police station to register a case against Sourabh from where her case was forwarded to the counselling centre. When the man was called to the counselling centre he refused to marry the girl and tagged her as characterless. He also refused to accept the parenthood of the child that she was carrying. When the girl threatened the man that she would conduct a DNA test to confirm the parenthood of the child she was carrying, the man requested her for an out of court settlement.

Manoj (name changed), resident of Nehru Nagar area and liquor baron, met a Muslim girl and fell in love with her. He purchased a flat for themselves in Shahpura. They also had two children. The woman used to introduce herself as a divorcee in her locality. When Manoj's parents came to know about the relationship, they started forcing him to get married with another girl. When the girl found out about this she started forcing Manoj to marry her but refused to change her religion. When the man refused, she tried to commit suicide. The case was registered in the police station and was forwarded to the counselling centre. Parents of Manoj were threatening to disown him from their property if he marries a Muslim girl. During counselling Manoj accepted to bear all the expenses of the girl and their two children without marrying her.

A 45-year-old man Rakesh (name changed), businessman by profession, was in a live-in relationship with 22-year-old Sapna (name changed). They used to live together in a flat in the old city area for three years but his parents starrted forcing him to get married because of his age.

As Sapna was very young compared to Rakesh, her parents refused to marry their daughter with Rakesh. Despite several efforts, when parents of the girl didn't agree for the marriage, she tried to commit suicide. Sapna's parents took their daughter for counselling at the police station. The counsellor asked her not to spoil her life and forget the man.

According to the counsellor at the family counselling centre of Mahila Police Station, Mohib Ahmad, love is a powerful emotion and as girls are very emotional they surrender themselves in the relationship. When it comes to taking responsibility in a relationship the relationship ends and girl has to suffer, she added. Ahmad further said girls should be careful while being in a relationship and should understand the conclusion of the relationship before starting it.