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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

First, I'd like to make my stance clear. I don't think live-in relationships are OK. I have my reasons, which I'll mention but won't justify.

- It is against my values
- It is irresponsible
- It erodes basic societal structure. The basic family unit is what gives society it's functioning structure
- It has huge potential for abuse
- It is mostly to the advantage of the male partner

Why am I even talking about this?

I just read this news item about how some girl in a live-in relationship committed suicide. Why? Because the family she was living with were driving her nuts for... get this.. Dowry! 

You can't get more Indian than this.. eh? We managed to mix an age old societal bane such as dowry, with a new age bane, that is live-ins. At the end of the day, it's all about money, honey!

I think the women folk out there should realize that this 'man's world' has set them up. Don't agree to live-ins. Don't agree to dowry. If you love a guy.. marry him so that you have protection under law. Don't let yourself be used.

You can save yourselves, and others who love you, a lot of angst

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