The Rajasthan Human Rights Commission demanded on Wednesday that the state government enact a law against live-in relationships to secure the rights of a woman to live a dignified life in the society.
"It is imperative to stop the practice of live-in relationships, and it is the responsibility of the State and Central government to prohibit it," the Commission said.
It further said that the "concubine" life of a woman cannot be termed as a dignified life.
A bench of the State Human Rights Commission, comprising justices Prakash Tatia and Mahesh Chandra Sharma, sent a recommendation letter in this regard to the chief secretary and the additional chief secretary (Home Department), urging the state to enact a law and also request the Centre to follow suit.
In live-in relationships, a woman has to sacrifice her right to a dignified life, it said.
The commission added that it had invited suggestions from stakeholders, including police and the civil society, on whether a law be enacted to provide security to women in live-in relationships.
It said since women in live-in relationships are not able to secure their fundamental rights, it was the duty of the state government and human right activists to run awareness campaigns against such cohabitation outside marital boundaries.
It is the duty of the state and the central governments to take immediate steps and prohibit live-in relationships by enacting a law, the bench added.
Justice Prakash Tatia, Chairman, Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission in the report quoted many Supreme Court judgements which ruled that a woman should be 22-years-old while a man should be 24-years-old to be in a live-in relationship. He said that marriages are considered a sacred relationship in all religions.
(With inputs from agencies)