Family, Marriage and Kinship




Family, Marriage, and Kinship:

A family is a group of persons directly linked by kin relations. Kinship ties are connections between individuals, established either through marriage or through the lines of descent that connect blood relatives. Marriage is a socially acknowledged sexual union between two adults, not only connects those two individuals but connects a wider range of people. The family of birth is called the family of orientation and the family in which a person is married is called a family of procreation. The kin related through blood is termed as consanguineal kin while the kin related through marriage are called affines. Even in a rapidly changing world of today, family, kinship, and marriage provide primary bonds between individuals.


You should know this:

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) is an act that criminalizes homosexuality. It was introduced in 1861 during the British rule in India.

It regards homosexuality as an ‘unnatural offence’ to be punished with imprisonment for life. However, in a historic verdict, the Supreme Court of India, on September 6, 2018, decriminalized Section 377 of the IPC and allowed gay sex among consenting adults in private. The SC ruled out that consensual adult gay sex is not a crime saying that such sexual orientation is natural and people have no control over it.

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