Kerala High Court Rules Section 498A IPC Doesn’t Apply to Live-in Relationships

The Kerala High Court ruled that Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code, which deals with cruelty to married women, should not be invoked in cases of live-in relationships. This means that individuals in live-in relationships cannot use Section 498A to allege cruelty, even if they have lived together and presented themselves as a married couple. The court emphasized the need for a legal framework that distinguishes between traditional marriages and live-in relationships to address the rights and responsibilities of individuals in such relationships.

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