The Indian government aims to control cohabitation

In Uttarakhand, in the beautiful Himalayan state of India, moving in with your significant other will soon mean notifying the authorities and abiding by new legislation that governs “live-in” partnerships. More attention has been paid to this crucial clause than to the entire Uniform Civil Code (UCC) of the state, which creates a single personal law for all citizens, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or religion. One of the founding pledges of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Narendra Modi and which also controls Uttarakhand, was the establishment of a common law. In most of India, living together as unmarried couples is still considered socially unacceptable; these kinds of partnerships are called “live-in” relationships.

 

The plan requires partners—a man and a woman, as defined by law—to submit a live-in relationship statement to the registrar, who then does a 30-day summary investigation. The partners may be requested to “supply additional information or evidence” as needed throughout this investigation. The registrar notifies parents if one partner is under 21 and transmits live-in relationship statements to the local police. The official notifies the parties of the reasons for refusal if he is not satisfied and records the relationship in a register before awarding a certificate. If one partner is married, or a minor, or if consent to the connection was obtained through deception or coercion, the official has the right to refuse registration.

 

In the event that partners neglect to submit the live-in relationship statement, a notice requiring submission within 30 days is served by the registrar, who acts upon a “complaint or information.” If you live with someone for more than 30 days without telling the police, you might face up to three months in prison, a fine of up to 10,000 rupees ($120; £95), or both. Making “false statements” or hiding details about the relationship might result in a fine of up to 25,000 rupees, three months in jail, or both.

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