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Title: Parsi Divorce: Time to Rethink the Legal Framework?
Other Titles: INDIAN JOURNAL OF LAW AND JUSTICE, Vol. 10 No. 2, September 2019, p 16 - 25
Authors: Ghosal, Anupama
Contractor, Neville
Keywords: Parsi
Issue Date: Sep-2019
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: Unlike other communities, the Parsi community is relatively a small community in India. In pre-colonial period, due to the absence of their code of law, Parsis had to depend on the basic principles of justice and fairness but later they were generally managed by panchayats or five most influential and intelligent persons within the community, for redressal of their grievances, because of which problems arose while resolving the disputes pertaining to inheritance and matrimonial litigations. In the colonial period, the need was felt to enact Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act (PMADA) in 1865 that provided for the jury system. Out of many, two major problems that arose in the jury system was access to the matrimonial courts and time-consuming adjudication of matrimonial disputes. The inherent deficiency and inadequacy of the jury system resulted in the formation of opinions and arguments disfavouring and favouring the jury system. The Supreme Court of India finally laid down the principles which constitute the crux of the fundamental right to access justice for the Parsi community. To suit the current need of the Parsi community with the changing times and for ensuring justice and fairness, a reboot of the existing and prevalent Parsi jury system is a necessity.
ISSN: 0976-3570
Appears in Collections:Vol.10 No.2 (September 2019)

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