‘Living together is no offence, it’s a right to life’

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, comprising Justices K.G. Balakrishnan, Deepak Varma, and B.S. Chauhan, while reserving judgement on actress Khushboo‘s petition seeking to quash 22 criminal cases filed against her after she allegedly endorsed premarital sex in magazine interviews, makes the following observations.

# “When two adult people want to live together what is the offence? Does it amount to an offence? Living together is not an offence. It cannot be an offence.”

# “Even Lord Krishna and Radha lived together according to mythology.”

# “There is no law which prohibits live-in relationship or pre-marital sex.”

# “What is the offence and under which section? Living together is a right to life.”

# “How does it concern you? We are not bothered. At the most it is a personal view. How is it an offence? Under which provision of the law?”

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