Love Marriages on the Rise in India: Unpacking the Claims and Questions Surrounding Recent News Reports

  • The recent news making rounds is about the rise of love marriages in India. Many news magazines and websites have reported that only 44% of marriages in 2023 are arranged marriages, as compared to 68% in 2020. However, there seems to be conflicting information about the actual percentage of arranged marriages in India, with Google showing only 2-3%.

  • Upon reading an article on the subject, it was discovered that the survey was conducted by an event management company and focused only on Tier 1 Cities. Unfortunately, there are no details about the survey or the company’s methodology available on their website. It is also unclear what percentage of the population resides in Tier 1 Cities.

  • The survey report lacks depth, as it does not provide information on the parameters and ratios used, or the various classes and sections of society that were surveyed. Additionally, since it is still early in 2023, it may be premature to draw any definitive conclusions.

  • While it is true that love marriages are on the rise, it is important to note that not all relationships that result in marriage after an exchange of information through dating apps, websites, common friends, or the workplace can be classified as love marriages. Instead, they could be considered “arranged by themselves”. Furthermore, while the percentage of love marriages may be increasing, it is unlikely that the percentage of “love cum arranged marriages” will rise to such a significant degree in the near future.

  • It is also worth noting that cultural and societal norms play a significant role in the prevalence of arranged marriages in India. While love marriages may be gaining popularity, arranged marriages are still deeply ingrained in many communities and are often viewed as a more stable and secure option.

  • Without a more detailed and comprehensive survey, it is difficult to determine the accuracy of the reported rise in love marriages. It is possible that the survey was conducted among a specific demographic or population group, which may not be representative of the entire country.

  • It is important to approach any news or information with a critical eye and to seek out multiple sources and perspectives before coming to a conclusion. In this case, the lack of transparency and detail in the survey methodology raises questions about the validity of the reported findings.

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