New christian dating site provides ‘Romantic escape from persecution’

June 21, 2016 by  
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Pakistan, June 16, 2016: A Christian persecution watchdog group has created a new matrimonial dating website that seeks to change the dynamic of arranged marriages and allow Christian refugees in the Asian subcontinent to find a “romantic pathway” to escape persecution.

In response to numerous inquiries from Pakistani Christians seeking help to find their sons and daughters the perfect suitors for marriage in the West who will preserve families’ Christian culture, the British Pakistani Christian Association has launched a new dating website that offers a certain level of protection by allowing parents to investigate the backgrounds of potential suitors listed on the website.

As the No. 1 style of marriage among Christians in Pakistan and Pakistani Christians in Western nations is arranged marriage, Shaadi4Christians.com, which went live in late May, aims to give sons and daughters more insight into who their parents are trying to match them up with.

“Often the procedure for an arranged marriage is for one parent to talk to another set of parents without any meeting of the children,” BPCA President Wilson Chowdhry told The Christian Post, recalling that his wife’s parents wouldn’t even let him come near their daughter until after their arranged engagement.

“There were so many questions I had about my wife [before our engagement] and a site like this provides more opportunity for a more strategic overview, especially for that potential husband or wife that will be the most slighted in the whole process,” he added. “The parents just trust God. It is the suitors that are the most terrified in these situations.”

Chowdhry explained that the website will give advice on how to conduct initial meetings and suggested meeting places. Additionally, the site will send messages to inspire a “stronger focus on Christian conduct within romantic relationships.”

But unlike other dating and matrimonial sites like Shaadi.com, Shaadi4Christians will also give parents their own access to the site through a separate user account. Through the website, parents can check to make sure that the Christian suitors, especially those in the West, are actually Christians, involved in the church and live a cultural lifestyle that is similar to their own.

Chowdhry said that a reoccurring problem for many Christian families from Pakistan, India, and other South Asian countries who have arranged for their sons or daughters to be married to suitors in America or the United Kingdom through other websites is that they have often been mislead by suitors.

“We have heard of this before, especially when we are talking about Pakistani Christians. On Facebook, for instance, when people are finding potential partners, we have heard some very awful stories about how girls have been married and when they went to America or Britain and they found that the experience is not what it was expected to be and the husband isn’t actually Christian,” Chowdhry said. “It hasn’t happened once. It has happened several times.”

As the website allows suitors to list the churches they attend and their roles with church ministries, the website will give the parents and suitors the ability to request church background checks on potential suitors.

– christian post

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