• 24 Jun, 2024

Dating, Marriage, Pregnancy and Childbirth among Teenage Indians in the Diaspora

Dating, Marriage, Pregnancy and Childbirth among Teenage Indians in the Diaspora

Dating, Marriage, Pregnancy and Childbirth among Teenage Indians in the Diaspora INVITATION TO OUR 126th weekly ICC ZOOM PUBLIC MEETING

The issues of dating, partner choice, marriage, pregnancy and childbirth among teenage Indians in the Diaspora are complex and constantly changing over time and space. Options range from common-law relationships to legal unions, as well as arranged or assisted marriages to love marriages. Influential factors such as respect for family, parents, elders, the community and society play critical parts in the choices people make, as do traditional gender roles and adherence to “Indian values”. It seems that Indian parents tend to prefer their daughters to become pregnant within marriage, even if they are adolescents, rather than to do so as adults out of wedlock. Moreover, Indian values still hold that Indian women should get married before the age of 30 with someone from their own ethnic cohort and have children rather than remain single, unwedded and childless. After all, the joy of Indian parents is to pamper their grandchildren, even if the mother or father of the grandchild is still an adolescent.    


Some of the questions to be addressed in this forum include:    

● To what extent are Indians in the Diaspora marrying according to traditional Indian age norms or Western age customs?    

● To what extent is partner choice determined by parents or by the couple themselves?    

● What percentage of marriages among young Indian couples end in separation or divorce?    

● Are marriages among young Indians occurring out of mature decision-making or to avoid pre-marital sex?    

● Are Indian parents influencing their children to marry too young?    

● What are the statistics on young, single Indian girls becoming pregnant and giving birth?    

● What percentage of marriages occur between people of Indian descent and those of other ethnicities?    


Please join us THIS SUNDAY for  the 126th weekly ICC  ZOOM Public Meeting, October 30, 2022 at (1.00 p.m. Belize), (3.00 p.m. New York/Eastern time), (3.00 p.m. Trinidad/Atlantic time), (3.00 p.m. Guyana), (4.00 p.m. Suriname), (8.00 p.m. England), (9.00 p.m. South Africa), (Sun 12 midnight, India, ND), (Mon 7.00 a.m. Fiji).    



Dating, Marriage, Pregnancy and Childbirth among Teenage Indians in the Diaspora


DR. KIRTIE ALGOE (Suriname) - Graduate of Anton de Kom University. Researcher in the Institute for Graduate Studies and Research. Ph.D. on Interreligious Relations in Suriname and Guyana. 

DR. SHEETAL BHOOLA (South Africa) -  Sociology lecturer at The University of Zululand. Her key research areas are The Indian South African community, lifeways, food security, food and culture.

TASHMIKA SHARMA (South Africa) - PhD candidate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, and a member of the Women's Forum of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha.

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