More Young, Unmarried Couples Choosing to Live Together in Urban India

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Swati Chauhan, 24, and boyfriend Sanjay Austa, 34 in their New Delhi apartment.

About three years ago, Arushi Singh and her boyfriend began looking for an apartment to rent together. They found the perfect place, with a balcony and big lawn, in a posh area of India’s capital.  But when they went to sign the lease, the landlady demanded to know whether they were married.

Indian Supreme Court Sanctions Co-Habitation

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The Voice of India’s Sexual Revolution?

India’s Supreme Court ruled yesterday that unmarried couples have the right to live together after hearing a case involving a Tamil actress accused of corrupting young minds by promoting premarital sex.

The judges pointed out that even the Hindu gods, Lord Krishna and Radha, were co-habiting lovers rather than man and wife. “When two adult people want to live together, what is the offence?” they said. “Living together is not an offence. Living together is a right to life.”

The ruling marks a legal milestone in India’s sexual revolution as younger members of the urban professional classes slowly but steadily break down traditional taboos.

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