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Even this challenging situation would ease
But as far as Indian morals and values which are spoon fed to every child from the day he /she begans to understand norms, rules and regulation of society this kind of future is far away from reallity.
Because these kind of incidence are taking place and only heard in big metro cities or in celebrity society wheras Indian middle class and village people are still very much attached to institution of the marriage.
So answer to this question is no in near future there may be few exceptions but live in relationships can't replace marraige completely espicially in a country like ours.
"It is hardest thing in the world to be good thinker without being a good self examiner"
In this Fast moving reality world, people craving more for their own pleasure and fun than the saving the money and serving the family concept. (as we see lot of drunk people only to pleasure themselves.) And modern day youths are more on towards the live-in relationships to continue their care free life with Fun attached and without wife, childrens tags.
And to a point this is happening only in metro cities, whereas in most of the rural and middle class families are very much attached to institution of marriage and other aspects of marriages.
Some times peace is better than being Right!!!
We, as a society, are tied to traditions and our culture looks down upon a relationship, between a woman and a man that is outside the sanctity of marriage. However, we have come to accept live-in relationships, as the Supreme Court in one of its judgment declared that unmarried couples, living together, would be deemed as husband and wife, with the same legal rights (over property/inheritance etcetera) as married couples.
There is also a lot of parental pressure that the Indian youth faces. Parents want to decide the whole life for their children – including whom their children should marry. Keeping this in mind, I think the concept of marriage will continue to remain prevalent, in this part of the world.
"A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak" - Michael Garrett Marino
1. To establish a legal father to the children of women and a legal mother to the children of the men.
2. To confer monopolistic rights over the sexuality of the spouses.
The institution of marriage as such is not likely to get abolished totally in future as it concerns the offsprings also and because of this reason even in the western societies, it is continuing as pointed out by the author Juana also in her response.
In India, the emergence of live-in relationships is more being noticed and discussed with curiosity and disdain because so far the women were generally deprived of the education etc. and were not supposed to have their own independent identities.
Earlier in absence of education and economic dependence, many unfortunate women were living a life worse than live-in relationships without any right or recognition and used to be subjected to all kinds of harassments.
Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.