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Inter-Caste Marriage Tears Indian Family Apart

Womens eNews - Fri, 14 Oct 2011 02:32 GMT
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'Honor' Killing Risks There are no laws against arranged marriage. The only legal curb is to underage unions, which can be linked to arranged marriages. Indian law sets a minimum marriage age of 21 for men and 18 for women. In some families and in some regions, a daughter who defies her parents' marriage wishes can put herself at risk of a so-called honor killing, when families kill family members - mostly women - for bringing dishonor on the family. Honor killings, which have been outlawed, are more famously linked to extramarital or premarital relationships, but they can also be triggered by young people's decisions to marry against their parents' wishes. Some believe that if a woman in their family breaks the marriage customs, then society would declare the entire family to be outcasts, subjecting them to criticism and excluding them from receiving the benefits of belonging to the caste and community. Various nongovernmental groups in India are working to stop honor killings and lend support to inter-caste and love marriages. Young people who evade arranged marriages are also changing the culture. Aastha says she and her husband will make sure their daughter feels free to marry whomever she chooses. "I hope other parents do the same," she says. Would you like to Comment but not sure how? Visit our help page at Would you like to Send Along a Link of This Story? Adapted from original content published by the Global Press Institute. Read the original article here. All shared content has been copyrighted by Global Press Institute. Seema Chowdhury is a reporter for Global Press Institute's India News Desk. Originally from Mumbai, Chowdhury currently lives in Bangalore.

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