Treatment of Women in Rohinton Mistry’s Fiction

Megha . Khandelwal


It is correctly said that if one wants to know the status of a socity, he or she should
scrutinize its women. Women in every age, society, faith and religion have been
suppressed and marginalized. They are thrown in purdah (veil) and bound with
several restrictions. In majority, they are circumscribed only for household chores and
breeding children since ancient age. They are regarded as unholy, burden, pitiable,
dependent and fearful of sex. The Parsi women also share such qualities of treatment
which is full of limited and reductive world like of their Hindu and Muslim sisters in
India. Mistry’s Parsi female characters are not much developed but they are stereotypes
in their own ways. They are also the victims of child marriages, truncated schoolings
and multiple child births. They too come under the category of repressed women. They
are harmed by the oppressive world of male domination which automatically
circumscribes female space. As Nilufer Bharucha writes:
The Parsi women have not rigorously subjected to the regimen of the Purdah, but
they share the limited and reductive world of their Hindu and Muslim sisters in
India. Parsi traditions are rooted in the patriarchal society of ancient Iran and these
patriarchal moorings have been reinforced by a 1300 year long residence in India.
Association with the British during the Raj coated some Parsis with a thin Patina of
Westernization and emancipation, but for the majority of Parsi women,



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