BPP Chairman Responds to Reforming Parsi Matrimonial Law

The below is a response from Mr. Dinshaw Mehta, Chairman of the Bombay Parsi Panchayat.

 

This is in response to an Article to ‘OVERHAUL MATRIMONIAL LAW’ appearing in your esteemed newspaper dated 17th June, 2012.

In the context matter, I would like to clarify certain points as the picture given in the above referred Article is detrimental to the functioning of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet indicating a lackadaisical attitude both of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet Administration as well as the Board of Trustees which is far from the truth. The Administration had taken a proactive step way backin the first week of February 2008, by placing a Note to be discussed in Bombay Parsi Punchayet’s Board Meeting for the change of procedure to be adopted for the delegates of the Parsi Chief Matrimonial Court (PCMC) that is from earlier election procedure by the then 2000 strong Anjuman Committee to a selection procedure; the selection to be done of the delegates by the Bombay Parsi Punchayet Board of Trustees.

The then Board of Trustees of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet discussed the matter in the Board Meeting dated 19th February, 2008 and understood the practical difficulty for electing the delegates for PCMC under the Universal Adult Franchise electorates and agreed for a change in procedure from election of the delegates by the Anjuman Committee to selection of the delegates by the Trustees.

In the Article referred to in the ‘Parsi Tari Arsi’ Column, it is interalia mentioned "… so the existing delegates are merrily continuing beyond their term. …". This is not correct.

Apparently there is a misconception as out of 19 delegates, 12 delegates term would be expiring in the last week of October 2012, hence at no point of time, presently, the earlier appointed delegates are merrily continuing beyond their term.

In fact in anticipation of the October 2012 deadline, in the last week of March 2011, the Trustees had approached The Under Secretary to the Government of Maharashtra, Law and Judiciary Department, Mantralaya. The same has been followed up with reminders on 31st August, 2011 and 10th October, 2011, subsequently, followed by a personal visit by the undersigned together with the Sr. Executive (Welfare), to Mantralaya.

Not only the above, but the Bombay Parsi Punchayet had constituted a Committee of Parsi Divorce Lawyers to ascertain their views on various aspects affecting the speedy disposal of contested cases of Divorce leading to trauma to the families concerned. The 1st meeting of the Committee was attended by Lady Parsi Lawyers, Mrs. Armaity S. Khushroshahi, Prof. (Ms.) Frahnak D. Contractor, Mrs. Mera P. Shroff and Mrs. Taubon F. Irani, on 1st February, 2012, where the present jury system for the Parsi Matrimonial Divorce cases was deliberated upon. The proposal whether to continue with the jury set up was vividly discussed and there was no unanimity on the issue. It was decided to approach the Hon’ble Bombay High Court to have more sittings of the Parsi Matrimonial Court and to prevail upon the Chief Justice not to allow delaying tactics of adjournments.

A separate appointment of the Hon’ble Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court was sought on March 22, 2012.

Unfortunately till date, there is no response either from the Law & Judiciary Department, Mantralaya, nor from the Hon’ble Bombay High Court and, therefore, it has been contemplated to hold very shortly another Meeting of the Divorce Committee to discuss the pros and cons and in the present circumstances to consider as to whether the present jury system for the Parsi Matrimonial Divorce cases to be continued or to opt for a change to the Family Court contested divorces as is being followed by the other communities.

From the above, I trust you will appreciate that the Trustees have been seized of the matter and have been taking action in the larger interest of the community.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

sd/-

(Dinshaw R. Mehta)

Chairman

  • Phiroze

    Thank you Arzan for posting the clarification. Please also post the BPP’s clarification on the “Rs. 90,000 earning poor Parsi. Thank you in advance.

  • Phiroze

    Thank you Arzan for posting the clarification. Please also post the BPP’s clarification on the “Rs. 90,000 earning poor Parsi. Thank you in advance.

  • Phiroze

    Thank you Arzan for posting the clarification. Please also post the BPP’s clarification on the “Rs. 90,000 earning poor Parsi. Thank you in advance.

  • xyz

    Advocate Franak Contractor is the right person to suggest changes to the Honourable Judges in the High Court. Wish you all the best.

  • xyz

    Advocate Franak Contractor is the right person to suggest changes to the Honourable Judges in the High Court. Wish you all the best.

  • xyz

    Advocate Franak Contractor is the right person to suggest changes to the Honourable Judges in the High Court. Wish you all the best.

  • gb

    Bpp is only fooling the Honourable High Court. These suggestions will never be accepted by the Honourable High Court. You just visit Honourable High Court one day and see yourself how parsee couples are fighting to get Divorce soon. Most of them have married not even a year back. Real pitiable situation for Parsees. Marry in Haste – Repent at Leisure. God Bless the Community.

  • gb

    Bpp is only fooling the Honourable High Court. These suggestions will never be accepted by the Honourable High Court. You just visit Honourable High Court one day and see yourself how parsee couples are fighting to get Divorce soon. Most of them have married not even a year back. Real pitiable situation for Parsees. Marry in Haste – Repent at Leisure. God Bless the Community.

  • gb

    any latest news from bpp for improving this system??

  • gb

    any latest news from bpp for improving this system??

  • gb

    any latest news from bpp for improving this system??

  • gb

    Latest parsi census figures as per parsiana magazine latest edition.
    India 61,000 approx.
    North America 20,728
    Iran 14,000 approx.
    Pakistan 1,675

    Rough Estimate – World Population 1,10,201.

    BPP please do something to increase parsi zoroastrian community on top priority.

  • gb

    Latest parsi census figures as per parsiana magazine latest edition.
    India 61,000 approx.
    North America 20,728
    Iran 14,000 approx.
    Pakistan 1,675

    Rough Estimate – World Population 1,10,201.

    BPP please do something to increase parsi zoroastrian community on top priority.

  • gb

    Latest parsi census figures as per parsiana magazine latest edition.
    India 61,000 approx.
    North America 20,728
    Iran 14,000 approx.
    Pakistan 1,675

    Rough Estimate – World Population 1,10,201.

    BPP please do something to increase parsi zoroastrian community on top priority.

  • gb

    any latest clarification from dinshaw mehta will help parsi community to take less divorces.

  • gb

    any latest clarification from dinshaw mehta will help parsi community to take less divorces.

  • gb

    Parsi Statistics shows 25 new divorce applications from 1st jan, 2012 till date. This is really very bad. Births in last 15 days were 3 and deaths 16. This is also very bad. Lot of parsi girls prefer non-parsi boys. Bpp matrimonial bureau is not doing anything for the community. They just advertised that there will be four marriages in next 3 months. Really pitiable situation for the parsi community. We are decreasing in numbers day by day. On an average, mumbai births are 300 in a year and deaths 900 in a year. Instead of concentrating on vulture projects, bpp must do something better for the living human beings.

  • gb

    Parsi Statistics shows 25 new divorce applications from 1st jan, 2012 till date. This is really very bad. Births in last 15 days were 3 and deaths 16. This is also very bad. Lot of parsi girls prefer non-parsi boys. Bpp matrimonial bureau is not doing anything for the community. They just advertised that there will be four marriages in next 3 months. Really pitiable situation for the parsi community. We are decreasing in numbers day by day. On an average, mumbai births are 300 in a year and deaths 900 in a year. Instead of concentrating on vulture projects, bpp must do something better for the living human beings.

  • gb

    Parsi Statistics shows 25 new divorce applications from 1st jan, 2012 till date. This is really very bad. Births in last 15 days were 3 and deaths 16. This is also very bad. Lot of parsi girls prefer non-parsi boys. Bpp matrimonial bureau is not doing anything for the community. They just advertised that there will be four marriages in next 3 months. Really pitiable situation for the parsi community. We are decreasing in numbers day by day. On an average, mumbai births are 300 in a year and deaths 900 in a year. Instead of concentrating on vulture projects, bpp must do something better for the living human beings.

  • Skiiddy

    I am a British citizen born in the UK. My parentage is one of Parsi, my father, and a British mother. I am 49 and for the majority of my life, have always felt that I was very different but not in an arrogant way, merely different. I am not regarded as a Paris because my parentage is the wrong way around! I am deeply hurt that because of my reversed parentage I would be regarded as someone unacceptable to the theology of Zoroastrianism and troubled that I am therefore, unacceptable to those within the Paris faith. My understanding is the there are fewer than 250,000 Paris in the world because of this abhorrent discrimination. Whilst I have the deepest respect for those within the highest echelons of the faith, I am very disagreeable that they discriminate those who are on the boundaries of the perfect faith; rather than witness the oblivion of Zoroastrianism and allow it to disappear because of the unacceptance of the minority that believe and hold dear the basis of the religion, I would urge those, like me, to appeal to the high priests for acceptance in order to preserve a very important people. How many Zoroastrians realise how much this culture has bestowed on the world; Cyrus, and the rebuilding of the Temple of David is just but one case.