Legal consequences of breaking an engagement in India?

  1. promise to marry is  enforceable on the condition that it should be in writing
  2. Civil action could be initiated under S. 73 and 74 of the Indian Contract Act
  3. Offence of cheating could be registered under S. 415 of the Indian Penal Code.
  4. If there is sexual intercourse after Marriage engagement, it can be termed as fraud and criminally actionable. Section 496 of IPC can be used against the man.