Interfaith Marriages- Still an issue?

India is a land of numerous and diverse cultures. People follow these cultures to the best but they also create some misconception in their mind while following these cultures and when they do so they begin to blindly follow these cultures which is very harmful for the society we live in. However, even with so many people of different cultures living together, it comes with its own set of limitations. Inter-caste marriages is one of the biggest problem of India even today. Marrying a person of a different caste creates a large dispute in Indian families. It is just not accepted. It’s rather unfortunate to experience petty things like these when India has become advanced in terms of technology and in many other fields.

Inter-caste couple are even tortured or killed for going against their family by marring or loving each other. These couples face many challenges to marry and many of them even leave there homes and then gets settled with each as they know that their families will never accept them. They even have to hide their identity or they decide to live in area where they know their parents can’t reach ever.

  • In Manoj–Babli honor killing case, Manoj and Babli were from different caste in Kaithal district, Haryana. Their family were against this marriage, Babli’s grandfather who was leader of Khap panchayat ordered her family to abduct the groom (Manoj) and bride (Babli) and killed them. This was the case of honor killing, the court sentenced Khap panchayat leader (Babli’s grandfather) life imprisonment. Caste holds more primacy than their son or daughter’s happiness. A society that is ready to kill their daughters and sons for their false pride.
  • In the Mahabharata too, we come across several instances of inter-caste marriages of this type. For example, Santanu married Ganga and later Satyavati, both were from outside his own caste. So, the concept of inter caste marriage has been prevalent from time immemorial, but it is hardly practiced due to different social stigmas associated with it.

India is making effort to stop honor killing by sentencing rigorous imprisonment for offenders of honor killing. Hence, of judicial system is supporting inter-caste marriage by punishing the offenders. The caste system in India prohibits marriage outside the caste. However,inter-caste marriages have gradually gained acceptance due to increased rate of education, employment, middle-class economic background, and urbanization. According to a survey in 2016, about 5% of marriages are inter-caste in India, that means very few people have accepted for inter-caste marriages. Inter-caste marriages are most common in poor people as compared to the rich one.

Everybody thinks that issues related to the inter-cast marriages are only happening in rural areas, but according to the stats. they are happening in urban areas too. Urban Indians are still getting married according to their parents or grandparents. According to the survey conducted in 2018, 93% of people had an arrange marriage, just 3% had an love marriage and 2% of people had done love-cum-arranged marriage in urban India.  In fact, even some highly educated people don’t support inter-cast marriages.

Some of the Bollywood movies like Bajirao Mastani, Jodha Akbar, Ishaqzaade and 2 states also depicts inter-caste marriage system and issues related to it.

So, let’s sum up this topic with the fact that inter-cast marriages will slowly come into acceptance in India and now a days Modi government is also supporting these marriages by providing financial facilities to the inter-caste couples. Hence, we hope for the better conditions in future.  

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