Marriage has always been a propitious institution in India but people have always condemned love marriages. Though it sounds quite absurd in the land which is known for its popular love stories, the truth remains harsh. In the earlier times, marriages were conducted solely according to the whims and fancies of the parents. Girls did not enjoy any freedom and were forced to marry the one, her parents chose for her.
With time, Indian society has undergone tremendous change. The social
fabric of the society has become more flexible and girls are treated
equal to boys. As a result, interaction between the opposite sexes
increased considerably. Following this, the age old chained feelings
were let loose and more and more couples were swept away by the tide of
love. This has contributed to the increased percentage of love marriages
in the country.
However, considering the awareness level, the phenomena remains
restricted in urban and semi urban areas. Further more, though love
marriages still do not enjoy the same respect and position in the
society as arranged marriages, parents are becoming thoughtful of their
children's feelings. Therefore, love marriages are carried out with the
same vigor and joy. For convenience, it should be known that the only
difference in a love marriage is that both the girl and the boy know
each other and are deemed to be in love as well.
Considering the fact that love marriages are opposed, there are a
number of issues that are worth mentioning. The biggest reason for
opposing a love marriage is caste or religion difference. This is
because people are skeptical in marrying their kids in an alien cultural
setting. In addition, there are other issues like economic standard,
horoscope compatibility, which hinder the process of love marriage.
Nevertheless, one should never forget that love is one of the greatest
human emotions and if two people wish to spend their lives together, out
of love for each other, there can be nothing prosperous than that.
Therefore, over protective and authoritative parents should consider
that in-lieu of thinking good for their children, they should not step
over their happiness, just because of social and personal pressures.