You are mistaken if you think there is no courtship in an arranged marriage.
I take you word for it.
But let me just add my take.
It is a man's market, the women are a captive audience in the process
From what one of my colleague explained to me, which I may not get right here, but I will try to the best of my recollection , the future groom gets a list about 10 women (complete with photographs and suscint info) deemed suitable by his parents.
Then, future groom goes through an iterative process of elimination via a correspondence , using all communication means at his disposal; including traveling back to India to meet some of the candiates still in the running
The process will end with one lucky chosen woman.
So it seems to me, the parents have already done the initial heavy lifting by assembling the list; the women selected know they are in competition with other women. Making persuasive skills of the future groom in the courtship a negligible factor in the success of the courtship.
I see this as the future groom clearly being in driving seat.
I suspect for these women accept to be on list, they probaly have taken a liking to the man they were presented, maybe not emotional, but still they like what they see.
It would not make sense for a woman to waste time accepting to be on the list if she does not care for the guy.
The rapists in this case were low income jobless delinquents who had nothing going for them. If you have nothing going for you, you won't get a woman. They would have probably done this before and not gotten caught in a group and this alarming confidence in this incident.
However, I do agree that education and financial situation play a major role.
But can't women and men of comparable education, income level enter the contract of marriage?
And I think this is where the lack of skill in courtship does the low income yougn men a disservice.
The parent not feeling confident that their sons will find a suitable mate, given his education and income level and the family standing, won't certainly be motivated to try to find one.
So normally, it would be up to the son to look for himself, and naturally he will look within his own social circles.
If that is too simplistic and anthropolgical, slap me.
I know we are veering off the main topic, but it has been informative.