Now the courts have to decide whether the teacher's relationship with the woman was a "domestic relationship" and whether she was eligible for maintenance. The court hinted that a domestic relationship, something akin to marriage even, would possibly suffice to define a "domestic relationship".
This would have kept nearly 400,000 people alive for a full year.
Mr Churchill turned down fervent pleas to export food to India citing a shortage of ships - this when shiploads of Australian wheat, for example, would pass by India to be stored for future consumption in Europe.
People were too weak even to cremate their loved ones.
"No one had the strength to perform rites," a survivor tells Mukherjee.
It is a gripping and scholarly investigation into what must count as one of the most shameful chapters in the history of the Empire.
The scarcity, Mukherjee writes, was caused by large-scale exports of food from India for use in the war theatres and consumption in Britain - India exported more than 70,000 tonnes of rice between January and July 1943, even as the famine set in.
Last year, the court ruled that a man demanding a dowry from his partner in a live-in relationship could also be prosecuted under the country's anti-dowry laws.
The Supreme Court is only taking note of the fact that sexual mores and attitudes are changing.
Millions of natives mainly in eastern Bengal, are starving.
The British War Cabinet is holding meetings on a famine sweeping its troubled colony, India.
In a country where talking about sex and relationships largely remains taboo, it is interesting to see India's highest court debating relationship outside marriage. "It is almost if marriage laws exist to legalise sexuality, punish any deviation from legally sanctioned rules and, of course, to legitimise the children of the marriage," says lawyer Indira Jaisingh.