Adult couples have a right to live together without marriage, the Supreme Court said.
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The case comes out while asserting that a 20-year-old Kerala woman's marriage is not as per the law. She could choose whom she wanted to live with. With this, the observations made concluded that adult couples can live together without marriages.
Tha case states that the observations came while the apex court was hearing a plea filed by one Nandakumar against a Kerala High Court order. It annulled his marriage with Thushara on the ground that he had not attained the legal age of marriage. So, The high court had also granted the custody of Thushara to her father after noting that she was not Nandakumar's "lawfully wedded" wife.
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Further, the bench said,
"It is sufficient to note that both appellant no 1 and Thushara are major. Even if they were not competent to enter into wedlock (which position itself is disputed), they have right to live together even outside wedlock,"
The apex court had also clarified that a court cannot interfere in the marriage of two consenting adults and cannot annul the marriage in a habeas corpus petition.