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1.    INTRODUCTION

Marriage is one of the universal social institution. Marriage
is essential
for the procreation of children and satisfaction of sexual urges and it is one
of the oldest socially recognized institution. The aim of this research article
is to analyse the changing trends in the institution of marriage and factors affecting
it.

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There is drastic change in marriage all over the world over the last
generation or two according to recent surveys and studies. The
process of change in the social structure is an ineluctable universal social
reality. The changes in the last few decades are very prompt. The processes of
industrialisation, urbanisation and secularisation have brought about many
socio-psychological changes in the attitudes and values of the people.

1.1
What is Marriage?

Marriage is a close union and equal relationship of a man and a
woman. Marriage is defined as legalized union between a man and a woman. Marriage
is a socially identified and approved relationship. Marriage is considered to be
a highly sacred institution which allow for meeting of the minds between the
spouses for material as well as psychological, i.e. mental satisfaction. Marriage
is relationship not only between both the spouses but it’s a bonding between
two families. The real meaning of marriage is the approval of a new
status, with a new set of privileges and obligations, and the recognition of
this new status by others. A legal marriage validates a social status and
creates a set of legally recognized rights and duties as well as responsibilities.
 
1.   
KINDS OF MARRIAGE3.1 PolygynyIt is a form of marriage
which involves one husband & many wives. In this one man has two or more
wives at a time. Polygyny is found among Eskimo tribes, Crow & Hfdatsa of
North America & African Negroes. In India till today it exists among Muslims
& also among some Hindus. It is more frequent than polyandry.Polygyny may take two forms:       
i.           
Sororal Polygyny: In
this a man has two or more wives at a time. Here the wives are sisters or
closely related to each other.     ii.           
Non-sororal
Polygyny: In this a man has two or more wives at a time. Here the
wives are neither sisters nor they are closely related to each other. 3.2 PolyandryIt is a form of marriage
which involves one wife & many husbands. In this one woman marries more
than one man at a given time. It is thought to be widespread in Tibet where the
conditions of social life are harsh & where perhaps the efforts of two or
more men are needed to support the family. Some tribes like Namib Bushmen, the
Yaruro of Venezuela, the Lengua of El Chaco, the Singhalese, the Mundas etc.
are some of the tribes where Polyandry is said to exist.Polyandry may take two
forms:                   
i.           
Fraternal Polyandry: In
this one woman marries more than one man at a given time. Here
the husbands are brothers or closely related to each other.                 
ii.           
Non-fraternal Polyandry: In
this one woman marries more than one man at a given time. Here
the husbands are neither brothers nor they are closely related to each other.3.3 MonogamyMonogamy is the form of marriage in which one man marries one
woman at a given time. This is the most widespread form of marriage found among
the primitives as well as the civilised people and is the leading form of
marriage. It produces the highest type of affection and sincere devotion.
According to Malinowski “Monogamy is, has been, and will remain the only true
type of marriage.” It is practised among the tribals such as the Kadars,
the Santals, the Khasis, the Canella, the Hopi, the Iroquois, the Andaman
Islanders and few others.3.4 Companionate MarriageThis is “the marriage of two persons on the understanding that as long
as there are no children the marriage may be dissolved simply by mutual
consent.” The root basis of this marriage is companionship. Additional duties
like care taking of child is not involved.3.5 Experimental Marriage or Live-in RelationshipExperimental marriages are to find out the compatibility of the two
people before they settle down to a life of permanent union. Before getting
settled to a permanently in matrimonial relations, couples are allowed to lead
marital life temporarily in order to find out compatibility between them. 2.     CHANGING SCENERIO IN THE INSTITUTION
OF MARRIAGEMarriage
is considered to be an enduring bond, that’s why it is considered to be an
institution because institution is permanent. But nowadays due to increasing
rates of divorce, marriage is losing its essence of being an institution. There’s
a saying that everything changes with time. Looking at the past and the present
is a good example of that. The way things were done then and the way they are
done now has been changed dramatically so that they can fit into society. Just
as things have been changed to fit into the society we live in today, we, as
individuals have also been changed to adapt to these changes occurring in our
society. An example of this is clearly evident in the change in our values,
especially towards marriage. Today, couples do not value the sanctity of
marriage as in the past. This is clearly reflected through the lessening of
religious influence in marriages, the increase in cohabitation and divorce. In
the past, marriages were seen as a covenant before God to bring two people
together. Today, however, the religious aspect is largely missing in the
institution of marriages and this is simply why it is not valued as much as it
was in the past.4.1
Factors Responsible for these ChangesMarriage has always been obligatory and
unavoidable for an average Indian. Marriages in India enjoy a broad consensus
and play a pivotal role as a means of procreation and carrying forward lineage.
Of late it has been observed that the institution
of marriage in India is undergoing a drastic change. This change is mainly due to economic prosperity and the internet
revolution. The internet has exposed people to the different social trends
prevalent across the world and has revolutionized the institution in an
otherwise conservative Indian society.Also,
these changes are due to       
i.           
Increasing Rate of DivorceDivorce has increased steadily over the 20th
century. The biggest increases were during the 1960s-1970s. Conflict is bad for
kids, because kids are the one who suffers a lot in the process & after
divorce. They go through mental trauma, start feeling depressed & the
feeling of loneliness comes to their mind. 

     
ii.           
Lessening of Religious Influence in Marriages 

Today,
the religious aspect is largely missing in the institution of marriages and
this is simply why it is not valued as much as it was in the past. That’s why
in today, couples do not value the sanctity of marriage as in the past. This is
clearly reflected through the lessening of religious influence in marriages,
the increase in cohabitation and divorce.