Should middle eastern people be forced by (family/parents/reputation) to marry who parents say?
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I disagree with having the institution defined as "forced marriage". It is very family-based, and in India, for example, one marries not only the person but their family as well. Unlike in Western cultures, love and support is expected from your spouse's family, while "in-laws" are stereotypically disliked here. Due to the aforementioned concept of family honor, young people in those societies are generally far more ready to please their parents and see marrying whom they would like as the least they could do to pay them back for the hard work and toil put into raising them.
Arranged marriage is based on mutual trust and understanding, rather than the volatile, unsteady concept of "love at first sight". Sadly, arranged marriages usually fail to delve outside the race of the family in question. However, this is only up to the parents, and often different cultures don't mesh. This is not to say that interracial marriages are wrong or somehow immoral, but political correctness aside, a young person's first priority should be their family. And in these societies, truly incompatible men and women are rarely forced together. "Forced marriage" is found only in some undeveloped cultures in Africa and South Asia. It is recognized by the United Nations as a violation of human rights, and has little to do with the arranged marriage traditions of the Middle East.
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