The specific sub-category of forced child marriage is especially condemned.
In China, arranged marriages (baoban hunyin, 包办婚姻) - sometimes called blind marriages (manghun, 盲婚) - were the norm before the mid-20th century.
Illustrations include vani which is currently seen in some tribal / rural parts of Pakistan, and Shim-pua marriage in Taiwan before the 1970s (Tongyangxi in China).
There are many kinds of arranged marriages, some of these are: The bride and groom in all of the above types of arranged marriages, usually do have the right to consent; if the bride or the groom or both do not have a right to consent, it is called a forced marriage.
The clergyman is caricatured officiating the marriage with a blindfold.In most other parts of the world, arranged marriages continue to varying degrees and increasingly in quasi-arranged form, along with autonomous marriages.Computer dating sites may be considered a modern form of arranged marriage where the selection process is delegated to algorithms instead of parents.In the United Kingdom, uncle-niece marriages are considered incestuous and are illegal, but cousin marriages are not considered incestuous by the law and are legal, although there have been calls to ban first-cousin marriages due to health concerns.While consanguineous arranged marriages are common and culturally preferred in Islamic countries and migrants from Muslim countries to other parts of the world, they are culturally forbidden or considered undesirable in most Christian, Hindu and Buddhist societies.Arranged marriages have historically been prominent in many cultures.The practice remains common in many regions, notably South Asia and the Middle East, though in many other parts of the world the practice has declined substantially during the 19th and 20th centuries.In impoverished communities, every adult mouth to feed becomes a continuing burden.Because in many of these cultures women have difficulty finding gainful employment (or are simply prohibited from doing so), daughters become the greatest burden to the family.Gary Lee and Lorene Stone suggest that most adult marriages in recent modern history are some gradation between extreme example of either ideal arranged or ideal autonomous marriage, in part because marriage is a social institution.Extreme examples of forced arranged marriage have been observed in some societies, particularly in child marriages of girls below age 12.