Chennai: The Madras High Court has taken strong objection to criticism of its verdict holding sexual relations between a woman and man of marriageable age, prior to tying the knot, as a valid wedding and stoutly defended the order saying it protected Indian culture and welfare of women.

Two days after Justice C S Karnan delivered the judgment, that evoked disapproval and criticisms from various quarters, including on social media, Karnan said comments should not be made without fully understanding the verdict.

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Pre-marital sex equals marriage: Madras HC
Pre-marital sex equals marriage: Madras HC

In a clarificatory order, which would be a part of the judgment, the judge said, "Court's order does not in any way run against any religion and is not intended to wound any Indian. The order had not in any way degraded the system of marriage performed as per the various religious and customs and rites among the various communities,” he said.

 Justice Karnan further added, "The court has given legal relief to the affected woman. Without fully understanding the court's judgment, adverse comments shall not be passed."
    
"If a bachelor aged 21 years or above and a spinster aged 18 years or above had premarital sex with the intention to marry and subsequent to this the man deserts the woman, the victim woman can approach a civil forum for remedy after producing necessary substantial evidence to grant her social status as wife. This remedy is not only for the purpose of giving relief to the victim woman but also to maintain the cultural integrity of India," he reiterated.
     
Justice Karnan had given the judgment on June 18 while modifying an April 2006 judgment of a family court in a maintenance case.

(Agencies)

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