Screening future husbands with the help of a private eye
NEW DELHI (WOMENSENEWS)–Arranged marriages continue to be a popular tradition in India, with over 90 percent of men and women between the ages of 17 and 25 in New Delhi and Mumbai approving of them, according to a survey by the Hindustan Times earlier this year.
The way these marriages get arranged, however, in the fast-changing urban centers–where a rapidly growing economy fuels women’s social mobility–are shifting with the times.
In the past, parents or relatives searched their own social networks for suitable prospects. Today family members and prospective brides and grooms themselves are often looking online, at matrimonial Web sites.
Sometimes these sites function as casual dating services but people often use them to look for potential husbands and wives, and parents are also becoming involved in the process. The sites offer a convenient alternative to the traditional matrimonial sections in the newspapers.
Since people who meet online know little about each other–nor do their relatives–the anonymity offers a huge potential for fraud and deception.
Bring on the detectives.