However, in Western society, we also are free to choose our dating partners.
Dating for this purpose would not be appropriate in India.
We are encouraged to date people that are similar to us in their religion, values, and socio-economic status and also who different from ourselves.
This is because India has about 29 states, each with a different language, customs etc.
Dating as we Westerners think of it, involves trial and error.
Although India has experienced changes in its traditions in part due to Western influences, the culture has held steadfast to many of its traditions and customs.
What applies to one region of India may not apply to another region.