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Punjab and Haryana High Court instructs SSP Barnala to examine request by lesbian live-in couple for protection

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The Punjab & Haryana High Court recently has instructed the state police for issuing protection to a same sex lesbian live-in couple.

The bench of Justice Jasjit Singh Bedi ordered the Barnala districts’ Senior Superintendent of for examining the representation by the petitioners and pass appropriate directions.

Advocate Jasmeet Singh represented lesbian couple.

Advocate Kirat Singh Sidhu appeared State.

The Court said that at present they deem it appropriate to direct the Senior Superintendent of Police, District Barnala to look into the matter and pass an appropriate order on the representation allegedly filed by the petitioners before him on 07.08.2023.

A plea was put before the Court for protection of the couple due to objections by their family members to their relationship.

The petitioner counsel stated that that marriage is not a prerequisite for ensuring the safety of a couple in a ‘live-in relationship’ since safeguarding life and liberty holds the utmost importance and is of paramount significance.

The Court has ordered the SSP to pass the requisite orders within one month.

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