Live- in relationships means that a couple who are in love with each other opt to stay together without getting married to each other. This phenomenon is common in the Western countries like America and Europe but it is gaining considerable visibility in India also.
We all are aware of the fact that however much progressive India might be but its basis is still traditional. However modern any culture of the Indian society is, they do not accept the fact that it is fine for a couple to stay with each other without getting married.
Some live- in relationship couples have to face severe problems if not from their community, from the society they live in. the society members claim that this kind of culture will have a bad influence on their kids because kids learn what they see. Most of the families claim that these couples can ruin the traditional mindset of their kids and the kids will follow suit in future.
Now the question that arises is that whether live-in relationships should be allowed in the societies or not. The opinions greatly vary. Most of the traditional Indians are of the view that if a couple is so much in love with each other; they should get married and then stay together instead of staying together unmarried.
But 21stcentury is the century of Westernization. There is a common saying “You have to pay a price for everything”. This saying is indeed true. When Indians are accepting almost everything from the western culture, their dressing sense, their language, their food, their mannerisms, the other things would most certainly follow. The youth today, almost all of them are deeply fond of the Western culture and the result obviously is blindly following the Western culture even with the evils of excessive smoking and drinking for instance.
Youth today are of the opinion that since they are financially independent and after they attain adulthood, they have the right to live as they want and with the person they want. In most of the educated and upper class societies, live- in relationships is a common phenomenon. The more Westernization is being accepted by the Indian society, the more live- in relationship system is gaining significance.
At times the question is not that whether live- in relationships are right or wrong, the question that arises is that have Indians totally forgotten their own culture and its significance.
Is every aspect of the Western culture better than the Indian culture?
It is not that the youth do not believe in the sacred institution of marriage but the fact is that their priorities have changed. Couples today feel that they need to understand each other properly before entering into the sacred institution of marriage. The way of thinking of the people has changed which can be considered as a fruit of Westernization.