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These are pictures of the rotting dead bodies of Parsees from the insides of the towers of silence in Mumbai. The bodies lie rotting here for years and years on end. This is surely not a picture that any Zoroastrian could have imagined and the community has reacted with much shock. The Bombay Parsee Panchayat, instead of doing something about the dead rotting bodies, has decided to initiate action against Ms. Dhun Baria, a 65 year old religious Parsee lady, who only exposed what is the truth. The orthodox Parsees of the Bombay Parsee Panchayat will inquire into the security breach and initiate legal action if possible against the Dhun Baria and CNN-IBN.

Put your own self in the place of Dhun Barias mother and now put yourself in the place of Dhun Baria. Think about it whenever we die how many of us would want to end up rotting for years in the hell that has become of our towers of silence?

It is time to truly open our eyesto those dead rotting bodies which some of us so wish would not be exposed to the rest of the world. Now that we know about this are we going to continue to send our loved ones to an afterlife of decay and dishonour? Is this what we have to look forward to at the end of our lives? We must realize that this is the perpetration of a much larger hypocrisy- part of a larger problem of how the religion is practiced today- and how futile are the attempts of the orthodox members of the Bombay Parsee Panchayat to protect what is dead and defunct.

If you are concerned about this in anyway and agree with the basic sentiment with which I have written the following the letter and email it to those you who may think likewise.

We the undersigned believe that:

The orthodox members of the Bombay Parsee Panchayat who want to prosecute Dhun Baria for 'exposing' the truth about the towers of silence do not stand in any which way as a voice for the larger community of Zoroastrians and Zoroastrian youth in India and across the world.
It is shameful that Dhun Baria a poor 65 year old Zoroastrian lady, should be prosecuted by the powerful for bringing to light what is only the truth about the condition of our dead brethren. If we are proud of this ancient practice then why should it be hidden from the rest of the world? They call it an internal matter precisely because they are hypocritical and because they are afraid of change!
A so called progressive, learned and philanthropic community like ours cannot and should not bury this under a carpet of hypocrisy but acknowledge that it is an outdated ritual whose true meaning has been lost in todays times.
This is part of a greater problem and we wish to say that:

That this ritual of laying the dead in the towers of silence, although relevant at one time in history, does not function in its true spirit anymore and that these have now become, not towers of silence but towers of hell.

We do not wish our dead bodies to rot in these towers of hell and we do not wish this hell for our beloved ones and friends. This ritual in the way that it has come to be practiced today, dishonours basic human dignity and is unacceptable for a religion that puts great value in cleanliness of body and soul.

The self appointed guardians of the religion cannot go on perpetrating age old dogma, and rituals whose meaning and significance have been lost in confusion and rite. They are squarely responsible for making this religion a mockery of its glorious past and a true Zoroastrian cannot approve of this. If we approve of this we are all equally responsible for perpetuating this hypocrisy. We ask the Zoroastrian youth of today to realize that the self appointed guardians of this religion do not wish to spread the message of the prophet. They wish to exist in self-denial.

Nothing can prosper or thrive without change. We need to reinterpret the religion so that its basic message and tenants are not lost but become relevant for today and for posterity. The religion must adapt and reinvent itself so that its message can spread to humanity at large.

We need a revolution! Nothing short of a t r u e r e f o r m a t i o n! where can generate the space for such a change. We need to open the religion and the community to the world at large and make the present meaningful. We therefore seek support and corroboration from the New Zoroastrian movements that have been initiated by like minded people all over the world and we seek to consolidate these.

We need to pray in a language that we can truly understand and perform our rituals, (Navjotes, Uthamnas, Fareshtas. . . ) with meaning imbued in them such that they can be enjoyed and understood by all. We need to allow all human beings into enter our fire temples and places of worship and accept people who genuinely wish to embrace this religion.

We celebrate our religion in its true ethos and spirit and seek to make it meaningful for the world today. Zoroastrians of the world R I S E. . .


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  • 24 September 2015100. Homi H
    Reform the manner of the disposal of the dead at the Towers of Silence in Bombay - but maintain the recitation of the prayers in Avesta, while providing translations as required.
  • 28 June 201599. Sasan B
    Ground burial or cremation of bodies is no disrespect to earth or fire, but the most sanitory and logical way to dispose of bodies (I even prefer cremation as earth's resources are running out and population is exploding). Zoroastrianism is and should be
  • 20 May 201598. Kamya Charles
    I support this petition
  • 19 February 201597. Yezdi P
    I support this petition
  • 03 January 201596. Anahita Christian
    I think zoroastrians need to stop using the towers of silence and try a diffrent method for example mummifying the dead
  • 20 November 201495. Kayzad S
    I support this petition
  • 05 November 201494. Kdmalegam Maldonado
    The physical body is a sacred gift from God for use in our own earthly life and spiritual progress. It is a shame and a sin to let such a divine gift rot for months and years and that too in a heap . Even our old clothes and shoes get a better disposal .
  • 19 October 201493. Pravin S
    Part1(41)-To all thse who are signing ths "Death Warrant for the Parsee Mode of disposal & the religion itself "- Petition. We the undersignd wld like to tell ths to all our Hindu/Muslim/Christian frnds, who hve written abve or may write in the future
  • 24 September 201492. Meher P
    I support this petition
  • 20 August 201491. Sanobar Singh
    I support this petition
  • 27 July 201490. Sarosh A
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 06 June 201488. Diana P
    I support this petition
  • 28 May 201487. Aditi M
    Religion is meant to provide inner peace and guidance. Letting bodies rot and causing undue pain to the (already) grieving families is not "religious". I congratulate Dhun Baria and wish her courage in this quest for truth.
  • 26 May 201486. Rashna G
    If we want Zoroastrianism to survive, we have to change with the times and adapt to our changing environment; simultaneously abiding by Zarathushtra's teachings.
  • 15 April 201485. Meher K
    I am in complete accordance with this petition .
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    This info is for all those who would like to opt for cremation but may not know how to go about it . ANTIM SAMSKAR SEVA SERVICE contact 9 22 33 55 500 and 9 22 33 55 511 THEY CAN ALSO BE CONTACTED THROUGH " JUST DIAL " 61620959 AND 69999999 This is a wond
  • 08 March 201483. Pearly K
    I support this petition
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  • 19 November 201381. Homi Jimmyi
    I support this petition
  • 05 November 201380. Jasmine Patelmsaoml
    Since we do not believe in polluting the earth in any way, I am shocked that leaving rotting corpses around is considered ok. It pollutes the earth, air and water! As these corpses rot, all kinds of germs and smells are released into the air, as rain fall
  • 13 October 201379. Firoza Hudson
    I fully support the petition
  • 06 October 201378. Xerxes P
    I support this petition
  • 31 August 201377. Krutarth J
    I support this petition
  • 12 August 201376. Hutokshi P
    I support this petition
  • 19 July 201375. Pinky V
    If you really cared for your loved ones, would you want to see them like this? Does Zoroastrinism believe in disrespecting the departed souls by allowing their bodies rot ? It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but
  • 30 June 201374. Amol Av
    Every religion has its customs and rituals. But things do need to change with time. Being orthodox doesnt prove a religion right or wrong. Ms. Dhun Baria has made an attempt so that the Parsi community changes traditions with the times. I strongly support

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Gordon BassBy:
Justice, rights and public orderIn:
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All Zoroastrians and those interested Zoroastrianism


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