Jaipur:  Rajasthan High Court has restrained a man from getting married on Tuesday following a petition filed by his live-in partner.

Delivering the verdict, Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma said, “Live-in relationship in Indian society amounts to marriage and the society recognises it only as a marriage and not in any other form. Therefore, Balram cannot be allowed to enter into a second marriage as it is going to spoil the future of the petitioner.”

The court has issued notices to Balram as well as his bride-to-be. Notices were also issued to Principal Secretary (Home) and Jhunjhunu District Collector, said reports.

The petitioner had submitted that Balram had entered into a relation with her and cohabited with her on the false assurance of marriage. The petitioner had left her husband following Balram’s assurance, she claimed.

“We have also submitted that Balram had forcefully entered into a sexual relationship with my client. An FIR was lodged at Sadar police station on February 6, 2018. However, on subsequent assurance made by the accused, the girl gave a statement in the court of ACJM No 16, Jaipur Metropolitan, that she does not want to take up the case for further proceedings. Thus a final (closure) report of the case was submitted in the court,” the petitioner’s counsel said.

The couple reportedly met in 2014 when both were working as teachers in a private school. The counsel told the court that after being selected as an income tax inspector, the accused went back on his promise and was set to get married to another woman on May 7. ‘

The petitioner then approached the court with the prayer that Balram be restrained from entering into a second marriage. “We have put on record hotel bills, WhatsApp chats and other documentary proof to establish the fact that both were having a live-in relationship for at least five years from 2014,” the counsel said.