Subject: Re: Question about marriage ceremony
Organization: Mordor International BBS
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org> you wrote:
: I would like to get some information concerning the restrictions on
: individuals meeting prior to marriage. I am trying to respresent an
: individual filing for finance status for a woman from India. The INS has
: denied the application because the man and woman have never met, nor have
: they had any substantive relationship. My understanding from the
: individual is that as a hindu, it is common for marriages to be arranged
: and for the man and women to be prohibitted from meeting. In order to
: argue this case with the INS it would be helpful to have documentary
: evidence of this religous restriction.
: Thanks for any help.
This could be a problem. Like many Hindu customs, arranged marriages are
based on tradition rather than documented in a screipture somewhere. I
think your best bet would be to have a Hindu priest or scholar testify
that this is the norm amongst many Hindus. If you are anywhere near
NY/NJ I'd be willing to help you.