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The petitioners filed this writ petition before the Allahabad High Court. Petitioner no. 1 and petitioner no. 2 were husband and wife living together. This petition prayed for non-interference by the respondents into the petitioner’s marriage. They prayed before the Court to grant protection to their lives and liberty.

Brief Facts of the Case 

The petitioners were adults living together out of their own free will. Their family members were not happy with their co-habitation. The petitioners feared that the respondent might target them. As a result, they feared that their lives were in danger due to the honour of their family. Further, they did not want anyone to interfere in their private life. Hence, they filed this petition in Allahabad High Court for granting them protection, and also for directing the respondents to not interfere in their private life. 

Arguments by Parties 

The petitioners claimed that they are adults as per the Majority Act. They also brought their Aadhar cards to prove the same.  It appears from the record, that both the petitioners are adults. The date of birth of the petitioner no. 1 is shown as 01.01.1993 and that of petitioner no. 2 as 01.01.1990. 

They stated that they are living as wife and husband. They also stated that their families are not happy with their decision. Due to this, they claimed that they are under the fear of being eliminated by the respondent for the honour of their family. So, they requested the Court to grant protection to them. 

Court’s Decision

The Court stated that according to the records, both the petitioners are majors under law. It observed that adults are free to live with each other without any interference. The Court took the decision with reference to the previous Supreme Court cases. 

The Court stated that no individual can interfere with the petitioners’ lives. Additionally, the Court stated that it included even their parents. The Court cited various precedents given by the Supreme Court stating the same. The Court ordered the petitioners to get their marriage registered. Moreover, it earmarked a period of two months for doing the same. In case they are unable to do so, the protection granted under this order will stand vacated. The Court held that this order, in no way, expressed an opinion about the validity of their marriage.


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