In a first, Calcutta HC Allows Live Streaming of a Case Hearing on Youtube for the Whole Community to Watch and Learn!!

Calcutta HC allowed live-streaming of a case in which a Parsi woman has challenged community norms restricting children of those who married outside the community to enter into the fire temple. 

In a seemingly unprecedented order, the Calcutta HC on Wednesday 12th Feb allowed live streaming on YouTube in a  hearing of a pending case relating to a Parsi woman, saying the proceedings would have ramifications for the community across the country.

The woman had moved the court seeking an order permitting her children to enter the Fire Temple, the Zoroastrian community's place of worship, which they were not being allowed to as she had married outside the community.

Her mother is a co-applicant in the case filed against late Ervad Dhunjeebhoy Byramjee Mehta's Zoroastrian Anjuman Atash Adaram Trust and the Parsi Zoroastrian Association of Kolkata

The Parsi Zoroastrian Association of Kolkata, a trust member, prayed for live-steaming of the court proceedings, but its application was rejected by the trial court of Justice Soumen Sen. (bold)

Then, the organization appealed to the division bench, where Justices Sanjib Banerjee and Kaushik Chandra, accepted its application.

The court said as the case will have ramification across India, so it should be streamed live," said lawyer Phiroze Edulji, who represented the PZA.
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