We might be living in a culturally and religiously diverse country. However, marriages in India are still robust to cultural and religious changes. Leave religion aside, even an inter-caste wedding is a huge deal in this country.
Well, we all must have seen those typical Bollywood romance stories where people are literally being killed in the name of inter-caste marriage. Guess what, it’s not completely filmy.
Even today, caste issue prevails and the upper caste and lower caste marriage in India is still a matter of life and death, literally. Inter caste marriage is different from intra caste marriages, and the latter is even more difficult.
The meaning of Inter-caste marriage is getting married to someone outside your immediate caste but within your religion but intra caste marriage is marrying someone from a completely different religion.
Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain. Inter caste marriages in India aren’t simple. And here are 6 prominent challenges every couple in inter-caste would face.
Tarnished societal reputation.
Yes, the main reason for not opting inter-caste wedding is the damage it will bring to the family reputation. Not everyone has a steel of heart to face the backlash of society. In many cases, the family and the couples are banished from the society and community for getting married outside the community.
No this isn’t an exaggeration. This is the sad reality that pertains even today.
Lack of acceptance.
In many cases of inter-caste marriage, parents break all the relations with their kids and part their ways. In many cases, the groom’s side of the family wouldn’t accept the bride and would add troubles and trauma to their married life.
We are already aware of how women are mistreated by their in-laws. Well, in the case of an inter-caste wedding, this trauma amplifies.
Upper caste and lower caste marriage.
Many times, when the decision to marry is taken in the heat of the moment, the consequences are faced at the later stage. Couples cannot take up the difference in caste and may end up separating themselves.
You see, caste is deeply ingrained in our minds. Hence, even when we claim to be modern and all educated, we cannot take the punch of inter-caste quite well, all the time.
Being an atheist is something that is not prevalent in India. Religion has an impact on our minds, even when we tend to disagree with it. Now, marriage is living with someone and accepting the wholes of each other. Hence, there are a considerable amount of chances that disputes arise because of religious disagreements amongst both partners.
Now, dealing with such problems is not the trick everyone knows to excel. Hence, it requires 2 mature individuals to get in an inter-caste wedding.
One may end up losing their life.
Honor killing is still very persistent in India. Yes, we have progressed and education has made us capable enough to move above our caste. Yet, many can’t accept inter-caste weddings. And the ones with a great social upstanding often retort to honor killing to save their family from the dishonor of inter-caste marriage.
Are we against inter-caste marriages? Not at all.
But we do agree that there are ample challenges to inter-caste wedding and you must get in one only when you have assured all the potential risks beforehand.
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