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How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

Seven years ago, Shweta and Arnav met at a house-warming ceremony of a common relative. Their mothers are distant cousins. Their parents go out for holidays together and are also part of the same social circle. Shweta is 35 and Arnav is 37. About five years ago, at a social event in Arnav’s house, the two of them realised that they “liked each other a lot”. Occasional cups of coffee at Starbucks turned into regular meets and then into day-long weekend dates.

“We would hang out together and realised that we loved being together. After dating for two years, we realised that we did not want to be apart,” Shweta tells Outlook. “I was not keen on getting married, I wanted to be free of a long-term commitment. So did Arnav. But we did not want to live apart.” They decided to live together without the trappings of marriage. “We were and are clear that it is a live-in relationship. Since we could afford to buy our own home, we bought a flat in a housing complex in Goregaon (in the western suburbs of Mumbai) and started living together five years ago,” adds Arnav. They have a three-year old daughter and still have no plans to get hitched.     

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