While arranged marriages are still common in India, love marriages have gained in popularity.
However, dating in India is for the purpose of "getting to know" your future husband.
It is especially hard to let this girl out of my life considering she has been with me through some horrible times with my own family.
Her mother has no problem with us, but women really don't have too much authority in an Indian relationship, so she won't be able to help us out at all.
If they are allowed to date they are generally only allowed to date other Indians who either are family friends, same last name, same village, same religion, or some type of doctor. This all is just coming from what I've experienced.