Contrary to popular belief, women in live-in relationships in India do enjoy legal rights akin to married women. So what is their legal position?
The Kerala High Court recently concluded that being in a live-in relationship without contracting a marriage was ground to expel a female student. The High Court upheld the decision of the Management of Mar Thoma College of Science and Technology in Kollam to expel a female student – her only ‘crime’ being to have fallen in love with a classmate.
Justice S Nagamuthu ruled that a woman seeking alimony, should 'maintain discipline as she was expected to maintain during the subsistence of her marriage'.