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‘The panchayat is inconsistent’
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vivek bendre Goolrookh Gupta. She has petitioned the court seeking freedom to enter Parsi religious places.

Interview with Goolrukh Gupta, the Parsi woman who petitioned the court seeking freedom to enter Parsi religious places. By LYLA BAVADAM

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If somebody changes the religion after marriage then they can not question about the treatment given to them by their ex co-religionist. Places of worship are not mean for fun visits. Those who are controlling them or managing the affairs have all the right to stop any body specially those who forsook their religion. Courts should not interfere in such matters. If Parsi Panchayat decides with majority that She should not be allowed then she should not be. There is no Talibanization in this. If people become open minded and see truth in other religions & ideologies then they need to become extra open minded and tolerate such restrictions also. Followers of every religion have the right to consider other religions or their followers as UNWANTED in their premises.
from:  Abdullah Khan
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 11:26 IST

I can understand the point you are driving at. Conversion for
convenience and gain is on a different plane altogether. I really
cannot determine what Goolrukhs intentions are behind the same.
Precisely why it should be viewed as a rights based issue. There is an
important question which is my opinion was raised in the midst of the
article. The religion of a Parsi woman post her divorce with a Hindu
and before her second marriage. Does she slip back to being a Parsi
since her first marriage with a Hindu is now over? Or has she
permanently become a Hindu by virtue of conversion by marriage? Since
she has married under the SMA, she can freely continue to practice her
religion and the Panchayat ideally should not impose restrictions on
the same. If you are saying that she has ceased to become a Parsi
after marriage, then that is quite regressive because then it just
means the husbands religion is the wifes religion by default. Now that
is problematic.
from:  Abhi
Posted on: Sep 2, 2013 at 13:44 IST
The right to choose - person/philosophy is a fundamental requirement for the existence of an individual. It is terrorized by the arbitrary power in the name of religion, custom and tradition. To believe in or otherwise in a certain philosophy is the right of the person particular. I support the stand taken by Goolrookh, not because she is going against a particular religion but because she is fighting for the worth of an individual.
from:  Dr.Ramesh Dhage
Posted on: Aug 30, 2013 at 07:47 IST


Thats exactly my point.. she changes religions as and when it suits her.. when she became a Hindu, why
did she not think of her "parsi birthrights" then ?"

who is being inconsistent? Will somebody pl tell us - Is she Neha - Hindu ? or is She Golu - (Parsi?),

if Goolu had been consistent, this issue would not have arisen

Also, for her to make such sweeping and disparaging remarks about the Punchayat Members
"..other members on the committee... were small fish when my family was the leading light of Valsad.."
is in extremely poor taste..
from:  Nidhi
Posted on: Aug 29, 2013 at 18:10 IST
This is exactly what a woman should do in her circumstances, be it a
Parsi or Hindu or Muslim. What a wonderful, strong willed person
Goolrukh is and I totally support her in her fight for her birth rights.
I am sure common sense will prevail and the Supreme Court will rule in
her favor and stop this absurd rule by so called self appointed people
who in the 20th Century are taking our religion backwards !!
from:  Geive Nanavati
Posted on: Aug 28, 2013 at 12:16 IST
Even at the risk of extinction if Parsis in India decided to stay
orthodox, I do no know whether it should be condemned or welcomed.
Historically we believe Parsis prohibited other communities from
entering their temples as an act of promising that they will not
convert the natives of the land to which they migrated. They have
steadfastly stuck to that resolve for 100s of years, gaining immense
trust of other communities. Hope, the community resolves the issue
from within and comes up with a solution that is satisfactory all
their followers.
from:  Vaijayanthi
Posted on: Aug 27, 2013 at 12:07 IST
It is high time the Courts stepped in and rectified archaic laws and
customs which interfere with a persons religious freedom. Religion
being a sensitive point of contention, Courts have largely been
reluctant to deliver path breaking judgments.
@Nidhi- its funny that you being a female, find Goolrukhs contention
to be motivated by extraneous considerations. The core of the argument
relates to a womans right to freely practice and profess her religion
after marriage. How is that an ego issue? It is high time we ended the
free reign of self styled religious heads who interpret and air views
merely on their whims and fancies.
from:  Abhi
Posted on: Aug 27, 2013 at 11:35 IST
The article does not portray the correct picture

When convenient, she became "Neha" ( in order to marry a rich Hindu as per Traditional (orthodox?)
Hindu Rituals ).. and as and when it suits her, she becomes "Goolu" the devout Parsi..

Let her honestly introspect and determine what she is after.. "money and fame"

or truth and justice?

is this an ego issue?

Does Ms Neha / Ms. Gollu, understand the essence of the Zoroastrian Religion or what it means being a
Parsi ?

merely going to a fire temple and wearing a kusti does not make you a Parsi

Follow Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds and you will not cease to be a "Parsi"

alas, easier said than done..

from:  Nidhi
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 14:10 IST
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