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1)  Should live-in relationships be regulated by the state? And, if so, to what extent? Examine and give your opinion in the light of recent demands made by the Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission in this regard.(250 words)

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1)  Should live-in relationships be regulated by the state? And, if so, to what extent? Examine and give your opinion in the light of recent demands made by the Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission in this regard.(250 words)

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Why this question:

The article explains in what way the call of Rajasthan’s human rights commission to regulate live-in relationships is problematic on many counts. Their regulation could go against the principle of free choice.

Key demand of the question:

One must examine the nuances of regulating the live-in relationship into the institution of marriage.

Directive:

ExamineWhen asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Explain in brief the context of the question. Define what live-in relationships are.

Body:

The answer must discuss the following aspects – 

What is it? – A live-in relationship gives the couple an opportunity to know the partner without having to engage into a legally binding relationship.

Explain that live-in relationships are considered a taboo in the Indian society. Although the legal status of live in relationships in India is unclear, the Supreme Court has ruled that any couple living together for a long term will be presumed as legally married unless proved otherwise.

Explain the social perspective, the belief of the younger generation, the cultural context of Marriages in India and provide a balanced opinion on the basis of fundamental rights guaranteed by the Indian constitution.

Conclusion:

Conclude with the verdicts of Apex court.

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