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[December 25, 2013]

Shadi Online fever grips Pakistan

(Flare (Pakistan) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) “Internet marriages have become the latest trend in Pakistan. Although, it is not unheard of, but it cannot be said that it has become a norm in this country. People do meet online, interact over a course of time, form friendships and possibly even fall in love and someday, they get are found as a couple ” T he days had gone when the parents worried about their children marriages. They asked the people to find the suitable boy or girl for their son and daughter. Dozens men and women have engaged in the business of marriage arrangement between two families but now internet makes so easy just one click to find your partner. Shadi Online is new termed used in Pakistan and Urdu speaking countries like India, Bangladesh, who know what "Shadi" stands for? Shadi or marriage is the dream of every young man and woman and nowadays people start thinking about their marriage at very young age. This is not the era when people hesitate to talk about their marriages.


Online marriage bureaus have thousands of registered members and number is increasing day by day as registration for new members is totally free. Also members can contact one another using our messaging service. Members can also find new friends privately hosted email system. This lets new members to communicate with other members to find out more about each other and develop a strong relationship.

People are now becoming social recluse s on the ground only to be very socially active online. Internet users find for themselves such activities as playing games online to discussing and debating and expressing their own heart out through personal blogs and tweets. Chatting is also a common engagement for netizens who are very involved in finding like-mindedness around.

Internet marriages have become the latest trend in Pakistan. Although, it is not unheard of, but it cannot be said that it has become a norm in this country. People do meet online, interact over a course of time, form friendships and possibly even fall in love and someday, they get are found as a couple. Such happens everywhere around the world. But a place like Pakistan, which is considered to be very traditionally rooted in its own customs, there are strands of diversity too.

Foreign media often depicts Pakistan in the negative light, much to the extent that the reality of the Pakistani community has become obscured with the narrative created by the pundits spinning the media. Although, this particular report mentioned a case where it became a problem, there are couples in Pakistan that have met online and were married later happily. Internet dating in the West is now so common that it is no longer considered an act of shameful desperation but an acceptable way for busy professionals to discover a like-minded partner. Women in Pakistan who marry against the wishes of their parents are ostracised or even killed by male relatives for supposedly bringing dishonour on the family.

But online relationships are a new phenomenon. More than 2.1 million people are officially estimated to have access to the internet in Pakistan, a drop in the ocean of the population of 180 million, a reflection of the huge disparity in wealth and literacy. In today’s world partly governed by fantastic technological advances designed to make life easier and more manageable, it’s very easy to claim that anything is possible – even conducting the sacrament of matrimony over the world.

Long distance relationships are no longer a pain to deal with because of services like Skype, FaceTime, and Google+ Hangout, which allow couples to pretend they are within arm’s reach, and abandonment at the altar is an even lesser problem because overseas couples can now opt for a proxy marriage, a legal procedure that lets couples get married even when the other party is not present at the moment.

Apparently, this has been a longstanding practice, dating back to the early 1700s when Marie Antoinette was wed to Louis XVI despite his absence. According to the New York Times, the option of a proxy wedding is rarely used in the country and is usually afforded by members of the military that are assigned to hostile territories, when they are concerned about possibly dying in combat and leaving behind families without benefits.

Lately, there is an increase in the number of people from immigrant communities in the U.S. – who would like to avoid travel costs – also seeking out this alternative so they can marry someone from their homeland without having to spend for a ticket back home. Despite the arrangement’s partial legality (only a few states recognize its validity, and most require the other party be a member of the military), proxy marriages are also being viewed as a potential breeding ground for immigration fraud and human trafficking violations. Many of those authorized to conduct these unions are hesitant to do so because the number of people hoping to enter the country through loopholes is increasing at an alarming rate.

Foreign media often depicts Pakistan in the negative light, much to the extent that the reality of the Pakistani community has become obscured with the narrative created by the pundits spinning the media

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