Arranged and Forced Marriages In Foreign Countries
Marriage, the binding partnership of a woman and man; "The Happily Ever" fairytale we quietly desired one day, and continue to wish for in the lives of our children, and generations today. The biggest decision we make, but sometimes the most uneducated one of them all. From cultural traditions to religious beliefs, we plan and arrange the Wedding Event with the hope of a lifetime of successes. In everyday life we attend social gatherings with friends, family, and colleagues, humoring each other and making statements, "Let's arrange the marriage now!" We find it humorous as we share innuendos of our perceptions and opinions. We quietly desire the perfect love story for our children wishing the selfish desire to play cupid and arrange the picture perfect union of our sons and daughters. As a society we think we know what is best for our children.
Lucky, for the American culture of kids and young adults we are simple and a lot more liberal in the marrying arena. Children and young adults in America are not subjected to the traditions and religious beliefs tied to marriage decisions that such families and youth are victims to in foreign countries. India is a big partaker of both arranged marriages and forced marriages backed by cultural tradition and religious beliefs. Should foreign Cultures be allowed to arrange and force marriage because of cultural and religious beliefs? Is Culture and Tradition enough to pre-arrange marriages, and force under aged girls to marry based on family and cultural tradition? Should the government provide civil protection and intervene in the personal choices made my intimate family decisions based on culture and tradition?
Over time the traditions and many customs of India have been molded and established through the history and...