‘ Domestic Violence Law Safeguards Live-In Partner Even If the Male Is Not Separated’

Mumbai: Making it clear that arrangements of the domestic violence Act apply even to a lady in a live-in relationship in cases where the male is still wed to his separated partner, a sessions court chose not to remain procedures versus a 70-year-old guy who has been residing in with a 53-year-old female for 17 years.

The guy had sent that the case was not maintainable as he was currently wed, and the partner knew this. The court found that the male had informed his partner he was separated. Dismissing the guy’s plea, the court purchased him to pay expenses of Rs 5,000 to the lady.

The court stated although files revealed that the male had moved for divorce in 1998, it was not passed. “The staying files show that the participant (female) is living in the shared family at least for 17 years. Family album suggests close loved ones of the appellant (male) have no objection to the relationship in between appellant and participant,” the court explained. The lady had established a relationship with the male just after he informed her that he was separated. The guy cannot quickly withdraw his declaration or pledge made to the lady which led her to make the choice of being with him, the court even more stated.

In 2015, the lady had moved the magistrate court under the Domestic Violence Act after disagreements occurred with the male. He applied for dropping the procedures on the premises that it was not maintainable. This January, the court refused his plea, after which he moved the Dindoshi sessions court.

The female in her reaction stated the guy, who was her pal, had informed her that he had separated his spouse due to significant disagreements. Slowly their relationship became a relationship and they began meeting more frequently. In 1999, the male asked her to start coping with him and considering their relationship, she moved into his flat. She contributed to family expenditures and they took many vacations together. The lady sent that many times they tried getting wed in their spiritual organization, but it was not allowed by their personal laws.

The court, while ruling in favor of the lady, stated there was no mistake or illegality in the magistrate court’s order. “Considering the nature of conflict and objection raised by the participant, it is needed to enforce routine along with extra expense upon appellant,” the court stated.