Here’s an absolutely creepy situation out of India, where a court has refused to allow a woman to retain her own religion (Zoroastrianism), ruling that she is now officially the religion of her husband (Hinduism) because she married him.
The bench, though, has unanimously dismissed the petition by a Parsi woman married to a Hindu who had demanded a direction to Parsi Anjuman Trust not to prohibit her entry into Parsi religious places and to allow her to remain present during the last rites of her parents.
The petition was moved by one Goolrokh Adi Contractor, who had married Mahipal Gupta, a Hindu, under the provisions of the Special Marriage Act.
Goolrokh moved the petition after the Valsad Parsi Anjuman Trust did not allow another Parsi woman, Dilbar, who had also married a non-Parsi, to attend the last rites of her parents after their deaths.
Fearing she too will meet the same treatment at the time of deaths of her parents, Goolrokh moved the petition, which was first heard by a division bench.
How warped is that? If the state determines that you are officially one religion, you can be refused the right to go to another religion’s buildings even to observe a funeral for your parents. Legally, the same thing could happen here, of course. A church could refuse to allow someone in for a funeral and the government could do nothing about it. And that’s a good thing. But the fact that a religious group would do so speaks volumes to their inhumanity. And at least in other countries, the government would not have an official policy to determine that women must adopt the religion of their husbands.