Brokers prefer to arrange marriages for the rich because they get a certain percent of the dowry as their fee. Dowry is cash or materials such as jewelry the bride's family gives to the groom's family as a pre-condition for marriage.And while there is no mention made of it in the article, I would hope that a church-affiliated website would disallow caste-based listings, the kind that one still sees in the Times of India matrimonials: "Brahmin Catholic boy looking for Brahmin Catholic girl."
On the other hand, the website charges 1,500 rupees (about US$40) as a registration fee, which a candidate can renew after six months for an additional 100 rupees. Registered candidates have a password and access to a variety of profiles. They can also check profiles manually at the center's offices. Once a month, Father Puthuparambil also arranges a meeting for parents and candidates.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Spero News has a neat story about a Carmelite priest who runs a matrimonial website in Kerala (south India). (Online matchmaking sites are big business in India, and in the Indian diaspora, where most marriages are arranged by parents and families.)