‘Hopeful of a positive verdict’
On Thursday, the Supreme Court for the first time heard the case of a Parsi woman, Goolrokh M. Gupta, who has married outside the community, and is thus barred from entering fire temples and the Towers of Silence.
Ms. Gupta’s lawyer Shiraz Patodia, who is also her sister, said that the SC had asked the trustees of the Valsad Parsi Panchayat to submit a reply on whether they agree that Parsi women married outside the faith should get this right. If they disagree, the hearing of the case will begin from Thursday. “All I can say is that we are very hopeful from the SC that something positive will work out,” Ms. Patodia told
Community activist Homi Dalal said that every woman should be allowed to follow the religion of her choice. “After all, the women have their own right to religion,” Mr. Dalal said.
Yazdi Desai, chairman of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet, said the Gujarat High Court had examined the case legally and ruled against Ms. Gupta. He said the Parsi high priests had examined the case religiously and ruled against the woman. “I feel the SC should accept the twin judgments,” Mr. Desai said.