Many of these marriage customs are described in ancient shastras accepted in society. Krishna, Arjun and many other also performed elopement marriage (Gandharva vivaha). Like this other types are also referred
Somehow the entire flavour in terms of look and feel of this piece, makes it seem like these practices are regressive, when in reality they are anything but. The piece could have been written with far more empathy, and juxtaposition. Mainstream culture when it comes to marriage, relationships and love in India is fairly oppressive for women, non-binaries and minorities. We need less of mainstreaming perhaps, to be a progressive society.