Recently an NGO had conducted a debate regarding Live in relationship among senior citizens as a likely solution to fight lonliness among single men/women. The participants who argued in favour of the proposition contended that there was nothing wrong if a friend moved in to spend the rest of his/her life to achieve mutual happiness. Since most of the children these days have neither the time nor inclination to take care of their old parents, the only solution left for them was to shift to a senior citizens’ home where their needs are taken care of. But the situation is different when one loses his/her life partner in the evening of one’s life and will have to spend the rest of the years in loneliness. In such cases a live in will fill the void and provide companionship which was very important for a happy life, they argued. Also, the advantage was, since there was no legal binding they can always part if the arrangement didn’t work.
Those who took the opposite stand felt live in relationships were a hand me down from the west and it was not necessary that we should emulate something that is opposed to our culture. ‘Why not tie the knot and make the relationship a respectable one?’ they argued. Also sometimes there is a risk involved if one of the ‘partners’ happens to be very rich and the live in will be tempted to fleece him/her of all the wealth and possessions and one fine day walk out from the person’s life.
I wonder what readers think about the issue.
n.meera raghavendra rao