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Amid increasing unemployment, Indian girls are not getting suitable partner in marriage

Image credit: SheThePeople
Image credit: SheThePeople

A Muslim girl, single and aged 28 years, living in Delhi, and working for a corporate on a salary of Rs 35,000 p.m. sent me a Facebook message yesterday stating that she wanted to get married but her parents are old and have been unable to find a suitable match for her. She sought my help in this, so I put up a fb post about it, without mentioning her name or email id, and asked those interested to email me on my id ( which I mentioned ) which I would forward to her. She was unwilling to marry a non Muslim, and preferred a Sunni.

The fb post has drawn over 1300 comments so far, and I have received several emails of young Muslim men who are interested.

Similarly a Hindu girl of the Kayastha caste, single and aged 27, who is working in a multi national company in Bangalore on a salary of Rs 40,000 p.m. wanted to get married, and sent me an fb message this morning asking for help, and I did the same. She is unwilling to marry a non Hindu, and her parents prefer a Kayastha boy, though she is willing to consider boys from other Hindu castes too.

There are over 200 comments on this fb post and I received many emails too from boys who are interested.

This is a huge social problem today in India ( and probably also in Pakistan and Bangladesh ). Most young women after a certain age would like to get married, have children and settle down, as normal life is married life ( there may no doubt be some exceptions ). But nowadays girls are often not getting a suitable partner in marriage.
One reason for this is the huge unemployment in India, and probably in Pakistan and Bangladesh too. A girl would not ordinarily marry an unemployed youth. So when there is massive unemployment it follows that a large number of girls of marriageable age are not getting married, although they are getting on in years. There are also caste and religious issues.
I am sorry for them, and that is why I try to do the little I can to help.

Markandey Katju

Written by Markandey Katju

Justice Markandey Katju is the former Chairman, Press Council of India. Prior to his appointment as Chairman, Press Council of India, he served as a Permanent judge at the Supreme Court of India.

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