‘Can’t keep me off my parents’ last rites’
She challenged a custom discriminatory to Parsi women who marry out
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.