[Source: Molly Moore, Washington Post] Almost all Indian children are raised with the expectation that their parents will arrange their marriages, but an increasing number of young people, especially among the college-educated, are finding their own spouses.So-called love marriages are deemed a slightly scandalous alternative to properly arranged marriages. Nayar, Encyclopedia of Sexuality, \*/] Indians are very practical about marriage and the union of bride and groom is often seen as a merger of business and family.

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The most dramatic aspect of this asymmetrical relationship is the giving of dowry.

[Source: Library of Congress *] The wedding is regarded as the beginning of a relationship rather than the culmination of one.

Parents are often regarded as better judges of character, common interests and comparability than the prospective partners themselves.

This process has long been possible for Indians from the south and for Muslims who want to marry a particular cousin of the appropriate marriageable category.

Once a couple decided that they wanted to get married they were not allowed to date or meet each other between the engagement and the wedding day.

Even today romance plays little part in selecting a mate, many young people say they are opposed to courtship and they trust their parent’s judgment rather than their own when it comes to selecting a mate.I met my husband alone only once and agreed to marry him. " Dad gets her married in a few months and tells her only a week before the marriage.I trusted my parents.” Although the vast majority of Indian marriages continue to be arranged by parents, Westernized "love" marriages are on the rise. 4) A girls parents looking for alliances for their daughter see a not good looking but fair guy: "What a handsome boy!Couples look forward to the future as an opportunity for their relationship to grow and love to develop.Partners are not expected to be great lovers and soul mates but rather people who are reliable and complementary.The boy was beaten to the death by members of the girls family.