Chennai: The Madras High Court has said that living in a 'live-in relationship' of two adults is not considered a crime. There is no criminal case even if such unmarried couples stay together in a hotel room. Justice MS Ramesh has said in a recent order that "There is no direct law or rule which prohibits an unmarried couple of the opposite sex from staying in a hotel room as a guest."
He made this remark while ordering the authorities to open the sealed door on the apartment to be rented in Coimbatore. The apartment was sealed by the Police and Revenue Department in June this year following the raids conducted after complaints that unethical activity takes place there. The raiding team found an unmarried couple there and a few bottles of liquor were found in the room.
On this matter, the judge said that taking strict steps like sealing the premises on the basis of the stay of an unmarried couple is completely illegal in the absence of any law preventing it. Along with this, the court has also issued the necessary guidelines to open the sealed door.