People in India give much preference to family relationships and most of them follow
arranged marriage system .According to this system there is no possibility for separation and
marriage is forever. As divorce is not acknowledged amongst most Indians it is vital that the
marriage choice is wisely thought and carefully planned and is one of the significant choices
a person will ever take. Usually the parents and family members look for certain attributes in
spouse. The marriage partner is selected from their own religion, caste and to their matching
social or economic status. The two families after marriage come into a common relationship
and try to work out the marriage if any problem arises among the couple.
Initially in the marriage process both the families exchange the pictures of bride and groom
along with their bio-data. If the family doesn’t find appropriate spouse for their children they
take help of marriage brokers or matrimonial classifieds in newspapers by providing them the
necessary information. Preparations will be made to meet bride and groom along with their
families if everything meets with an agreement. In a traditional way the bride and groom are
not allowed to see each other till their wedding day but now-a-days they are catching up and
getting to know each other before their wedding. If either one of them thinks that they are
not compatible with each other the marriage gets cancelled. After marriage the bride is
supposed to leave their parent’s house and live with their in-laws.
In this modern society with IT revolution, globalisation of economy, urbanisation and
liberalization there are few places in India where people didn’t change and doesn’t want to
adapt any change. The time has neither changed them nor moved them forward and they
want to lead and carry on their lives as their parents and grandparents did. Surprisingly, there
are still child marriages and forced arranged marriages. In child marriages, children who
don’t even know about marriage and even before their puberty, at an early stage are given in
marriage. The main intention of child marriage is to avoid the children when they become
adults from searching by themselves someone from lower class or lower caste for marriage.
It meant to control their children from getting married outside their religion and social status.
These child marriages are still taking part in rural places. This arranged marriage system is
purely based on caste and has developed to encourage classism and racial discrimination.
India is respected and appreciated all over the world for its mythological culture and it is the
land of gods. The deep faith in god, the religious environment and the mythological thinking
has made Indians well cultured. Unfortunately dowry is one of the stained systems in our
country which is like a dark spot in our image and is one of the biggest threats of the society.
Though the role of women in all paces of life is increasing in this contemporary society the
value of dowry is growing day by day in India and the dowry practice is becoming extensive.
Every citizen in this modern culture criticizes this system and yet it still expands at a very
large scale which indicates how deeply this dowry system is rooted in the society. The bride
will be treated by the in-laws harshly and in most cases will be burnt to death if the bride’s
family is unsuccessful in paying the dowry amount demanded by the groom’s family.
Dowry has become one of the most important evils and is commonly practised all over the
country. Dowry is paid to groom’s family from bride’s family at the time of marriage in the
form of cash or property. In the beginning, the purpose of the dowry is to support the groom
financially for the formation of new household. The parents of the bride also help her to settle
down in the new house with furniture,...
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