ver the past year, we have read and heard a lot about young lovers wanting to marry across boundaries of class and community being thwarted by their families—usually the girl’s family. The most high-profile cases were of Priyanka Todi and her husband Rizwanur
, who came up against a police and parental nexus, or Srija, the daughter of Andhra film star Chiranjeevi and her husband, Sirish, who sought police protection, expecting harassment from Srija’s family and her father’s fans. But there were many others, too, in 2007, popping up in the newspapers and on TV screens. The elopement of a Sindhi girl and a Muslim boy caused a near-riot in Bhopal, forcing the couple to run away to Mumbai to escape harassment.
Cases like these make me wonder how much attitudes towards women have really changed, even though girls from conservative families are now able to wear pants, if they want to, instead of saris.
As a university...