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Babies without marriage

Monday, January 08, 2018

Having children without getting married seems to be the new mantra of Bollywood. Single parents like Tusshar Kapoor and Karan Johar, who had their babies via surrogates, seem to have started some sort of trend.

Now, Rani Mukherjee, who herself married the much-married Aditya Chopra before she had her daughter, is suggesting to Salman Khan that he opt for fatherhood without marriage.

Whilst at one level it’s an idea whose time has come, giving single people the chance to be parents without forcibly compelling them into matrimony, at another level it’s a sad statement on the self-centered times we live in.

Why so? Ideally, children need both parents. Those born out of the loving union of a man and wife, locked in holy matrimony, will always grow up feeling wholesome and complete. Growing up without one parent does leave a child with a feeling of incompleteness, whether one likes it or not.

Besides, marriage as an institution has many merits. It teaches children valuable lessons as they see their parents collaborate, jointly make decisions and sacrifices, stand by each other and support each other through the child rearing process. To dispense with marriage entirely would be a shame.

Your Diarist is old fashioned!

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