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Explainer: How Live-in couples in Uttarakhand live if UCC bill clears

If passed, Uttarakhand would be the first state to implement a Uniform Civil Code with regulations for live-in couples

The Uttarakhand Uniform Civil Code (UCC) bill tabled in the by CM Pushkar Singh Dhami introduces significant provisions specifically addressing live-in couples. Here's a breakdown of the key rules proposed:

  • Registration Requirement: Couples intending to live together in a live-in relationship must register their union by providing a statement to the Registrar. The Registrar will then conduct an inquiry and decide on registration within 30 days.
  • Prohibited Relationships: Live-in relationships will not be registered if they fall under the category of “prohibited relationships” outlined in the UCC. However, exceptions may apply if the relationship is permitted by customs that are not against public policy or morality.
  • Definition of Live-in Relationship: The bill defines a live-in relationship as a union between a man and a woman living in the same household in a manner similar to marriage.
  • Age Requirement: If either partner is under 21 years old, their parents or guardians must be informed.
  • Legal Consequences: Failure to register the relationship may lead to criminal prosecution. Punishments include jail terms ranging from three months to six months and fines up to ₹25,000, depending on the circumstances.

The UCC Uttarakhand is the result of deliberations by a panel led by former Supreme Court Ranjana Prakash Desai, aiming to bring various aspects of civil life under a single law. The introduction of this bill reignites the debate over whether a Uniform Civil Code should be implemented nationwide. While some argue for its necessity, others raise concerns about its impact on religious and cultural diversity.

Some legal experts and advocacy groups view the proposed UCC bill as restrictive and against the essence of live-in relationships, which are typically characterised by freedom from statutory obligations.

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