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Feb. 21, 2008 VIDEO National Geographic “Taboo” There is no single definition of marriage. Different cultures hold different beliefs. India: Child marriage is practiced. Parents have the decision of who their child will produce offspring with. In India, The law says girls must be 18 and boys 20 to get married but the law has little effect and cultural beliefs overcome. It’s the tradition that matters. Despite the law, people are rarely in fear of legal persecution because the authorities rarely enforce it. The marriage is a three day ritual. The celebration after the marriage is for the guests only (approx. 500ppl). They believe child marriage starts a bonding process. Is this love? Quote: “It seems they are young goats who are sent to be butchered.” From an adult man who was a child wed Indian when speaking about child marriage. “Marriage to me is that you stay together and you look after each other and you look after the house. I have full confidence that I’ll be able to do this after a few days.”
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This note was uploaded on 03/23/2008 for the course CHFD 2100 taught by Professor Simons during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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