Live-in relationships are a widespread trend in Western society and are increasingly gaining traction in India.
However, the question is whether our Indian culture and origins have embraced this culture.
India is a country that welcomes western ideas and lifestyles. It is up to the person to choose whether it is good or terrible.
Although socially inappropriate in this nation, live-in relationships, like marriage, are neither a crime nor a sin.
The preference to marry or not to marry, or to be in a heterosexual relationship, is a very personal one.
A walk-in and walk-out relationship is a live-in relationship. It is a living-together contract that is renewed by the parties every day and can be canceled by any party without the approval of the other, and either party can walk out at any moment. There are no conditions associated with this connection, and the parties do not form a legal bond due to it.
Ms. Shalini Singh, Founder of Andwemet shares her views saying, “Before I discuss the acceptance of live-in or domestic partnership as a relationship status in India, let’s go over what is not accepted in India when it comes to being in a long-term relationship.
- You should marry between your early and mid-twenties- Thankfully, getting married in your late twenties or even later is becoming more acceptable. Relationships cannot be compartmentalized and work differently for each individual. To have a healthy relationship, an individual must be financially and emotionally mature. Some people find this maturity in their 20s, while others find it in their 30s or 40s, and so on.
- The girl’s desire to keep her maiden name post marriage is unacceptable, but many women continue with their maiden name today. Their respective partners may be fine with this decision, but the couple’s extended family is not pleased with this decision. One might wonder how changing one’s surname affects the health of a relationship.
- Divorce is frowned upon, with the person being labeled unworthy and undesirable. It is necessary to understand that it is preferable to divorce than to remain in an unhappy and unhealthy relationship.
- It is unacceptable if a couple decides not to be parents. It’s a given that children would follow a few years post marriage. Again, here the couple’s decision needs to be respected. Bringing a child into the world also necessitates emotional maturity. There also needs to be accepted if the couple wishes to adopt rather than be biological parents.
This and more are deeply ingrained societal expectations. This must change. There must be a behavioral and mental shift in how Indians view romantic relationships.
Returning to your question, It’s legal in India to live-in / or be in a domestic partnership which is just as committed a relationship as is marriage. It would be great if corporate India recognized this and provided their staff members in such a relationship with the same partner benefits as provided to spouses of married team members.
Parents and extended families should accept the live-in/domestic partnership partner as they would a married partner. This will only result in healthy and happy long-term relationships. Do you agree?
There needs to be a behavioral and mental shift in how Indians view romantic relationships. On andwemet, we give a choice to the subscriber to choose their expectations from their committed relationship – Domestic Partnership is one of them.
Live-in, also known as a domestic partnership, is just as committed a relationship as is marriage. It would be great if corporate India recognized this and provided partners of staff members in such a relationship with the same benefits as provided to spouses of married team members.
The Parents and extended families should accept the live-in/domestic partnership partner as they would a married partner. This will only result in healthy and happy long-term relationships. Do you agree?
Must Read – Story behind the use of Mercury