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Premarital Background Checks in India

Marriage Records: Premarital Background Checks in India

Arranged marriages have long been the norm in India. Parents were happy — they know everything and decide everything — and their children, for the most part, didn't complain. But as more and more people meet online, it's becoming increasingly hard for families to welcome strangers into their lives. And where there's fear, there's opportunity for security companies.

One of India's largest security firms, Topsgrup, is offering online premarital background checks. Since many families were already hiring private detectives to trail, usually, grooms for one day. If nothing suspicious were found, the investigation concluded and it cost about $5,000 rupees (about $112). Otherwise, the investigation would continue and prices would rise until it stopped or the wedding was called off. Usually, the latter.

Topsgrup will eliminate the dirty work, as a company spokesperson pointed out "there's a certain stigma" with hiring a private investigator to trail your child's intended. Huh! So it will offer background checks online. A typical investigation would entail "character verification, verification of social reputation, employment/business status, vices, addictions, violence, medical, education history, past broken/unbroken marriages, social and financial status and reputation of the family."

I can't decide if this is awful or the best idea ever. It's like a prenup: repulsive at first but if it saves future heartache then worth it. But then again, the problem is less with the service and more how it can be used and abused.

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GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
Well I see where the parents are coming from.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I don't think it's that bad. My dad has told me numerous times that he pays for an online service that checks the financial and criminal background of a person and uses it on any new person I bring around, haha But I'm with skigirl and Betty Wayne-- I'm not sure exactly how they reach their conclusion on more personal stuff, like what a person's addictions and vices are. If it's only from one day of following a person, that doesn't exactly sound reliable.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I don't think it's that bad. My dad has told me numerous times that he pays for an online service that checks the financial and criminal background of a person and uses it on any new person I bring around, hahaBut I'm with skigirl and Betty Wayne-- I'm not sure exactly how they reach their conclusion on more personal stuff, like what a person's addictions and vices are. If it's only from one day of following a person, that doesn't exactly sound reliable.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
I agree skigirl one day isn't enough. How do they know your vices and addictions? I don't think it's a bad idea. When is it coming to the US?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 5 years
I don't necessarily have a huge problem with this. Is it invasive? Of course it is. But meeting people online can be a huge risk too.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
i'm not sure that following a guy for ONE DAY is going to tell you everything about him...i think you'd either need a week or days on random to really form an opinion also, meeting people online can obviously be sketchy...i had a friend who had her cop-roomate do a background check on a guy she met online...she didn't find anything noteable, but then he ended up being a dud anyway
skigurl skigurl 5 years
i'm not sure that following a guy for ONE DAY is going to tell you everything about him...i think you'd either need a week or days on random to really form an opinionalso, meeting people online can obviously be sketchy...i had a friend who had her cop-roomate do a background check on a guy she met online...she didn't find anything noteable, but then he ended up being a dud anyway
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