Arranged Marriage in India

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Arranging a Marriage in India
Serena Nanda Arranged marriages in Indian society have been the norm for many centuries. Even today, an overwhelming majority of Indian people have their married arranged by their parents, or respected family members.As American we never really contemplate the idea of having someone choose our life-long partner. That’s not the case in other nations such as India, arranged marriage in India is a very common practice, yet here in the United States arranged marriages are frowned upon. We believe that everyone has the right to choose who they want to spend their lived with. Although I believe that we should be free to make our own choices I also can see what the advantages and disadvantages of an arranged
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Indian woman are said to marry into families, the marriage is not only between the man and wife. They must gain the families trust and approval before any decisions are made about the future of the couple. Although there are many advantages there are some disadvantages as well. The man or woman that you marry can be abusive, yet you would never know because they have never showed it before. They may also want to keep you locked away and wouldn’t let you visit your family. Arranged marriages can sometimes lead to loveless marriages where the woman is scared to leave the man because they feel that they cannot survive with them. Here in America we have strong independent women who are single mothers, they struggle yet they are able to walk away from both physical and mental abuse. Some women in other countries don’t have that opportunity and have to put up with everything that’s thrown at them. When parent looking for a potential wife they look for families that have one or two daughter. They do this because if they have many daughters all the extravagant gifts are not of great value as if they only has one or two daughters to marry off. The father of the bride is the one who arranges his daughter’s marriage, when they are setting this up they must take into consideration their arranged matches are made after taking into account factors such as age, height, personal values and tastes, the backgrounds of their families. In Indian tradition family


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