Finally, on 15 December 1999, in a pioneering judgment in the case of Minaxi Zaverbhai Jethwa v. State of Gujarat, where the Maitri karar agreements were cancelled from the beginning! Most cases of Maitri Karar are found in Gujarat. But Ruth Vanita, a scientist and author of Love`s Rite: Same-Sex Marriage In India And the West, writes that Mamata and Monalisa, a lesbian couple from Odisha, entered into a similar contract in 1998. “These procedures are comparable to the practice in the United States where same-sex couples establish wills and powers to give each other reciprocal rights,” Vanita writes. “Friendship agreements have developed in India independently under India`s contract law, which recognizes any contract, notarized or not, between consenting adults if it is not contrary to state policy. The idea of a friendship agreement is also based on premodern traditions which are to recognize friendship as an institution. In Gujarat, there was a system in which a man and a woman united a contract of friendship, a legitimate contract before a judge. He had social and legal sanction and was commonly known as “maitri karar”. Subsequently, this practice was transformed into a “service contract” under which the man had to keep in his house the woman of his choice as an assistant or servant. Not surprisingly, this treaty also had legal and social legitimacy. It is known that this practice has been followed by many high-ranking ministers and bureaucrats.
For the generally Puritan city of Ahmedabad, Maitri Karar is India`s first step to reaching a higher level of sin. The rental agreement or lease is processed on a stamp document. There are 2 types of rental in India, one is a lease that lasts at least 12 months. This is governed by the rent control laws adopted by the Land Government. The other type is a rental and license agreement with a maximum duration of 11 months, which is not covered by rent control laws. “If, in the course of our camaraderie,” says a euphemistic agreement, “we must make love together, and if this passion is born, then we will be collectively responsible for this child.” Sharma had never married the woman he lived with, since they remain together on a contractual basis defined in the registered social agreement they concluded between them. Similarly, Narendra Solanki, Harijan`s mother of three, entered into a social contract with an unmarried man she fell in love with. They live a happy life in an obstructed part of the city without interference from their separated husbands.