‘Can’t keep me off my par­ents’ last rites’

She chal­lenged a cus­tom dis­crim­i­na­tory to Parsi women who marry out

India Today - - BIG STORY - Lawyer

Parsi women, if they marry out, are not even al­lowed to at­tend their par­ents’ last rites. It’s that cruel. The whole idea of me go­ing to court was in protest—you can­not chuck me out, be­cause my par­ents are now 84. You can­not tell me that when the last rites of my par­ents are be­ing done, I can­not be in that room. A man can marry any­one but re­main a Parsi. Indira Gandhi’s hus­band re­mained a Parsi all his life. The Gu­jarat High Court has a judg­ment that said there’s a “deemed con­ver­sion” when a Parsi wo­man mar­ries a man of another re­li­gion. Had that been the case, Indira Gandhi would have been a Parsi, and her chil­dren would have been Parsi, too. Most im­por­tantly, it is not a cus­tom fol­lowed by ev­ery­body. The Delhi Parsi Pan­chayat is mod­ern and al­lows ev­ery­one in.

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