Why inter-religion marriages cannot work in Jammu?

By Roarke

Inter-religion marriages, more appropriately can be termed as a taboo in the state. The mere mentioning of this word might change people’s perception about you. They might look down on you for the simple fact that you hold a opinion which is against the philosophy of our society. Inter-religion marriages are treated as a forbidden space in which one cannot enter without taking a permanent leave from his/her family.

The younger generation can relate to this concept effortlessly as the whole inter-religion marriage thing often turns into a personal Bollywood movie wherein the couple have to experience pitfalls besides the thrill and joyfulness of getting together. So few challenges which are faced by the couples who have partners belonging to other religion can be boiled down as:

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Earlier, this concept of getting married to a person belonging to the same community worked because at the distinctions were made on the basis of profession. Due to the lack of knowledge and education, people never preferred to make the system mobile enough for their progeny. Today things have changed and the younger generation tries finding like minded people irrespective of religious grounds.

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Even if some families allow their children to marry the person of their choice, the adjustment by the relatives in majority of the cases is the biggest hurdle. For example, a Hindu boy or girl is accustomed to idol worshipping but on the other hand Sikhs or Muslims strictly condemn it. These basic differences are a barbed barricade and are entirely inescapable. The couple needs to make extra efforts to overcome such obstacles. Honour killing is also one of the scares that stop these marriages from happening.

Welcoming this new fad of inter-religion marriages is not easy for Jammuities as they are not ready to bear the brunt of their children’s actions or their attempt to tamper their culture. Love seemingly has bounds and the murderers of love are, in most cases, our own relatives.

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