AllahabadHigh CourtRejects Muslim Man's Live-in Relationship Petition

Allahabad High Court rules that a Muslim man cannot be in a live-in relationship with another woman while still married, citing Islamic law. The court rejects a petition seeking to establish a live-in relationship, upholding the rights of the lawful wife and the sanctity of marriage.

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AllahabadHigh CourtRejects Muslim Man's Live-in Relationship Petition

AllahabadHigh CourtRejects Muslim Man's Live-in Relationship Petition

The Allahabad High Court has ruled that a Muslim man cannot be in a live-in relationship with another woman while still married, citing Islamic law. The court rejected a petition filed by Sneha Devi and Muhammad Shadab Khan, who sought to establish a live-in relationship despite Muhammad Shadab Khan being already married.

Why this matters: This ruling has significant implications for the rights of women in Muslim marriages and highlights the importance of upholding Islamic law and customs in matters of marriage and relationships. It also underscores the need for a nuanced understanding of religious laws and their application in modern society.

In its ruling, the court observed that a person reposing faith in Islam cannot claim any rights in the nature of a live-in-relationship, particularly when he has a living spouse. The court stated, "The constitutional protection under Article 21 of the Constitution of India would not lend an uncanalized support to such a right, once the usages and customs prohibit such a relationship between the parties."

The court's ruling is based on Islamic law and the customs and usages of the Muslim community. The decision emphasizes the importance of upholding the rights of the lawful wife and the welfare of the child born from the legal union.

Justice Prashant Kumar, in his statement, highlighted that such actions cannot be excused as mere expressions of opinion but must be recognized as deliberate acts of religious vilification and an attempt to insult and hurt the sentiments of a particular community.

The Allahabad High Court's ruling reaffirms the importance of adhering to Islamic law and customs in matters of marriage and relationships within the Muslim community. The decision upholds the sanctity of marriage and the rights of the lawful wife, while rejecting the notion of live-in relationships for married Muslim men.