On Day 2 of meet,focus on dwindling Parsi population

Freddy Gandhi from Chicago said the conclave was an opportunity to meet relatives as well as new people.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: December 29, 2013 12:56 am

Around 1,000 Parsis from across the globe got together at National Sports Club of India(NSCI) in Worli on the second day of 10th World Zoroastrian Congress — a platform for Parsis to socialise with members of their community once every four years.

Freddy Gandhi from Chicago said the conclave was an opportunity to meet relatives as well as new people. The four-day long conclave will include sessions on Parsi culture,art and community-based issues. On Saturday,the sessions covered topics such as Parsi contribution to media,Zoroastrian legacy,laws affecting Zoroastrians and Parsi literature. However,a 45-minute session on ‘Late marriages and divorces among Parsis’ drew maximum crowd.

Burjor Antia,session chairperson,said,“Divorces based on mutual consent have increased among Parsis.”

Lawyer Firoze Andhyarujina,a panelist,claimed that with little parental guidance,low tolerance and increasing incompatibility,couples are breaking up. “Girls are not keen on marrying early and if they do,they marry outside their community,” said Andhyarujina.

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