As the wedding season in India winds down, it is estimated that10% of the country’s 20 million marriages in the past year were initiated online.
With the use of matrimonial sites on the rise, business analysts say there is an increasing culture, particularly among the middle class, of prospective candidates and their families turning to private matrimonial detectives to carry out checks for the future bride or groom.
“It’s not surprising that families are turning to such intelligence-providing agencies,” said Burhan Zafar, managing director at Unitas Risk, which specializes in business intelligence. “As the role of traditional marriage introduction connectors becomes increasingly redundant with the rise of online connections, it’s creating a demand for such detective services.”
The rise of online matrimonial connections can be attributed to the surge in the popularity of social media.
With increasing wealth, modern attitudes towards finding a partner have expanded. Where once parents held primary responsibility for finding suitors and arranging marriages, their role has changed to that of approving marriages brought to them by their children. This has led to an emphasis on covert probing through professional detectives.
Organizations such as National Detectives and Corporate Consultants (NDCC) offer to uncover information regarding the target’s education, past marriages and financial status. For a higher fee, detectives are often asked to verify the existence of extramarital relationships.
A notable trend is the rise of female detectives, primarily due to a bride’s mother being more likely to trust another woman. This has led to the emergence of successful, female-dominated organizations such as NDCC.
Common concerns for families enlisting the help of investigators include fraud, previous extramarital liaisons, reputation among the local community, and hidden health problems. Another important concern involves India’s rigid, antiquated caste system, with families often forbidding marriage to someone from a lower social rung.
Source: Al Arabiya