I didnt pull girl off chair: Jehangirji

MUMBAI: On October 5, The Times of India reported a quarrel that took place on the first day of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet elections. The daughter

of Khojeste Mistree, who is one of the candidates, was attempting to film a fight that had broken out between two rival groups when she was allegedly roughly pulled off the chair she was standing on by Zarir Jehangirji. Her mother Phiroza Punthakey Mistree, who along with her husband support one of the groups, World Alliance of Parsi Irani Zarthostis (WAPIZ), accused Jehangirji of manhandling her daughter and told TOI that she had filed a complaint against him at the Gamdevi police station.

Denying this charge, Jehangirji, a supporter of Adult Franchise for Progress (AFP), says that the girl was standing on one of the chairs that was barricading the polling booth. A large crowd had gathered and she was in danger of being jostled off the chair. I said Please get down, he says. She got down. When she realised I was from the opposite camp, she started to scream.

Jehangirji added that he had not received any summons from the police. The duty officer at the Gamdevi police station confirmed to TOI that no complaint had been lodged against him.

As a result of these allegations, Jehangirji says his reputation has been ruined. Members of the rival group, he says, have been humiliating him in Parsi colonies by shouting insults on loudspeakers. He says passers-by in Dadar Parsi Colony where he lives have been heckling his children with taunts such as son of a rapist father. Theyre absolutely traumatised, says Jehangirji, a human resources consultant.

Character is very precious and very difficult to build. Mentally I am a wreck.

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  • DJ

    Character is very precious, and hard to build.. especially when you dont have any.

    This story is totally bogus there are plenty of people who were witness to this, to say he didnt even lay a finger on her is an outright lie. Why would Tashan scream if nothing was happening? When people would look in the direction of the screams, they would see nothing happening if that were the case… It makes no sense. Tashan is not an idiot, she wouldnt scream for nothing and make a fool of herself.

  • Siloo Kapadia

    As I said, an outside nonpartisan group should have been allowed to oversee the elections. Why they were not invited is beyond me. Perhaps the bawaji bullies had something to do with it. Whatever the case, they are soon to become history.

  • Arzoo Irani

    Dear Jehangirji, would suggest you treat others children like you would have them treat yours. If you wanted the girl off the chair and to stop taking pictures, you should have channelised your grievance correctly using the correct procedure and protocol. You could have approached the authorities or her parents to voice your objection instead of approaching the young lady. That’s what authorities are there for, aren’t they? There were many with cameras and in fact, even a TV reporter at one of the locations, nobody seemed to have blocked their camera, or asked them to leave the campus. What you sow is what you reap, I guess that’s the moral of this story.

  • Percy Dubash

    Here is what i find very strange. Zareer Jehangirji has admitted in the Times of India that he thought the girl was falling and so he held her. Then on youtube.com, his son Hoshang posts a CCTV video where he shows that Tashan gets on and off the chair on her and she was not pulled. I dont understand this. The father and son have their stories mixed up completely. This only goes to show how dishonest they both are and are trying to fool people. Mr Jehangirji… beware..

  • Percy Dubash

    Here is what i find very strange. Zareer Jehangirji has admitted in the Times of India that he thought the girl was falling and so he held her. Then on youtube.com, his son Hoshang posts a CCTV video where he shows that Tashan gets on and off the chair on her and she was not pulled. I dont understand this. The father and son have their stories mixed up completely. This only goes to show how dishonest they both are and are trying to fool people. Guilty for sure!

  • phiroz

    It seems that most of the comments that are posted are authored by the “obstructionist ” group or their supporters. There is no balance in expression of viws. Articles in Times of India are motivated by one individual staff member known for his ‘loyalties” to the group that believes that ways to win the Parsees is to cater to their gastronomical desires and providing ‘hot’ drinks.