Hyderabad, March 4 -- Considering that a legally married Muslim woman cannot go outside marriage and start her relationship with another man, the Allahabad High Court denied providing protection to a Muslim woman who was in a live-in relationship with her Hindu friend.

The act is defined as Zina (fornication) and Haram (prohibited by God) as per Sharia law, the court observed.

The court announced its judgement on February 23.

The woman and her live-in partner had moved to court with a protection plea, stating that they were adults and living on their own. However, a bench of Justice Renu Agarwal rejected the plea and said that the "criminal act" of the woman "cannot be supported and protected" by the court. They were also imposed with ...