Dating and marriage in afghanistan

The amended Shia personal status law was passed by the Afghan cabinet in secrecy earlier this month.

But despite some contentious clauses being removed, it still states that a man need not support his wife financially unless he has "access to her".

In most other parts of the world, arranged marriages continue to varying degrees and increasingly in quasi-arranged form, along with autonomous marriages.

Computer dating sites may be considered a modern form of arranged marriage where the selection process is delegated to algorithms instead of parents.

They were sometimes called picture-bride marriages among Japanese American immigrants because the bride and groom knew each other only through the exchange of photographs before the day of their marriage.

These marriages among immigrants were typically arranged by parents, or relatives from the country of their origin.

Depending on culture, a professional matchmaker may be used.

After the outrage surrounding the original law, human rights groups and Afghan MPs took part in consultations with the government.

However' some groups said they were then coerced into agreeing a diluted version of the law.

Arranged marriages can take a variety of forms ranging from forced marriages (where either the bride or the groom, or both, have no choice in the matter) to consensual marriages (where the bride and groom have allowed outside parties to bring them together).

Forced marriages, while still practiced in some cultures, are generally considered beneath international norms and have been condemned by the United Nations.

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