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People in live-in relationships can't complain of infidelity: HC

People in a live-in relationship can walk out of it without any legal consequences and they cannot complain of infidelity either, the Delhi high Court said on Monday.

delhi Updated: Aug 10, 2010 02:25 IST
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People in a live-in relationship can walk out of it without any legal consequences and they cannot complain of infidelity either, the Delhi high Court said on Monday.

"Live-in relationship is a walk-in and walk-out relationship. There are no strings attached to this relationship nor does this relationship creates any legal bond between the parties," Justice S.N. Dhingra said while quashing criminal proceedings initiated by a woman against her live-in partner after he refused to marry her.

"People who chose to have live-in relationship cannot complain of infidelity or immorality as live-in relationships are also known to have been between a married man and unmarried woman or between married woman and unmarried man," the court said. The court passed the order on a petition filed by a London-based lawyer, against whom a criminal complaint was filed by a lady with whom he had live-in relationship, seeking to quash proceeding against him.

"It is a contract of living together which is renewed everyday by the parties and can be terminated by either of the parties without consent of the other party and one party can walk out at will at any time," the court said.