Live-in Couples too comes under Dowry Law

New Delhi: If you thought that being in a live-in relationship would save you from being punished for demanding dowry, think again. In an order that can expand the rights of women in live-in alliances, the Supreme Court has turned down the plea of Koppisetti Subbarao who had disputed the dowry charge pressed by his live-in partner on the ground that they were not married.

The court also brushed aside another argument put forward by Subbarao that the anti-dowry law could not apply to him since he was married to someone else in what should serve as a cautionary tale for those who prefer live-in relationships to dodge responsibilities related to marriage.This ruling came from a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat and A K Ganguly in an interesting case where Subbarao, faced with a dowry harassment case, said that he was not liable to be prosecuted under antidowry provisions

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