‘Hope­ful of a pos­i­tive ver­dict’

The Hindu - - NATION - Jy­oti She­lar

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

The Hindu.

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.

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