Ã‚Â Physical Intimacy Ã‚Â People here accord great sanctity to virginity.
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â For choosing a date, social considerations weigh very heavily.
At the time of marriage, the brideÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s father has to give heavy gifts to relatives of the groom, known as Dowry.
If they happen to like each other (They are supposed to say Ã¢â‚¬Å“YesÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“NoÃ¢â‚¬Â either the same day or in the next few days), dating starts from this point onwards.
In case of love marriages also, it is generally expected that both boy and girl seek parentsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ approval.
It was normal to abandon the raped woman even if she was married and some fathers would abandon a girl child if she was raped.
Ã‚Â People practice monogamy almost as a religion here. At the time of the wedding, the brideÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s father would sing the folk song Ã¢â‚¬Å“Teri Doli jaayegi te arthi hi aayegiÃ¢â‚¬Â; meaning Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am sending you off as a bride and may you come out of your husbandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s house only on a pyre and not otherwiseÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Another famous saying is Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sada Suhagan RaheÃ¢â‚¬Â, meaning Ã¢â‚¬Å“may you never become a widowÃ¢â‚¬Â; that is you should die earlier than your husband.
In the lower North India state of Rajasthan, ladies used to observe Ã¢â‚¬ËœSatiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã‚Â – a lady would sit on the burning pyre of her dead husband and burn herself alive.
It would be really very difficult to comprehend the dating habits of this area unless we have a look into historical background of this region.