Item Details

Saheri's Choice [electronic resource]: Arranged Marriages in India

ATA Trading Corp
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
This program examines the custom of arranged marriages in India. It follows the story of Saheri and her family as they confront the reality of an impending marriage that was arranged when she was barely six years old. An overview of the custom presents it as common among all castes, although many Indians today view the practice in a negative light. Education, family wealth, and astrological compatibility are examined as important in determining with whom the marriages are arranged. In one case, the issue of dowry leads to the suicide of a young female marriage prospect. Severe penalties for breaking engagements are discussed, along with divorce negotiations should the marriage fail. This is a candid glimpse into contemporary Indian society.
Release Date
2005
Run Time
27 min.
Language
English
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Sept. 19, 2005.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Arranged marriages in India
Contents
  • Arranged Marriage in India (5:07)
  • Marriage and Social Order in India (3:17)
  • In Defense of Child Marriage (3:32)
  • Poverty, Young Love, and Suicide (4:54)
  • Child Marriage and Its Consequences (4:48)
  • The Streets of New Delhi (4:33)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2005], c1997.
Publisher no.
8281 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (27 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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