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The changing face of the institution of marriage

by R K Malik

Marriage, probably one of the oldest institutions, has always been regarded as the most sacred of all relationships between a man and a woman. In the context of Indian Hindu marriage, the importance of ‘Saat Pheras’ as the seven rounds around the holy fire has been considered the union for seven births of a husband and his wife. The ingredients of love, understanding, faith and adjustments had kept this bond unchanged for ages.

Let us understand some basics of marriage. The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures, but it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged. In almost all societies and religions, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity.

The system of marriage was conceived in a totally different environment compared to the one seen today. Man was the breadwinner of the family who would go out of the house, engage....

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