The government encourages online dating to increase the Parsi population People of this religion do not want marriage and children, the government adopted this trick to increase the population

Parsi population: The population of Parsis is steadily declining in the country. One of the main reasons behind this is that people in this class have less interest in marriage. About 30 percent of married boys in this less populous minority community are single. This is why, under the “Jio Parsi” scheme of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, special emphasis has been placed on “online dating” and advice to encourage Parsi children to get married.

Shernaz Cama, director of the Parzor Foundation, which manages the ministry’s program, said people in the Parsi community should be encouraged to marry and have children, as the total fertility rate in that community is about 0 , 8 per couple and each year. On average, 800 people die compared to 200 to 300 births, which is much worse than Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians.

what the numbers say

  • According to the new National Survey of Family Health and Welfare, the total fertility rate is 1.94 in the Hindu community, 2.36 in the Muslim community, 1.88 in the Christian community and 1.61 in the Sikh community .

  • According to the 2011 census, the population of the Parsi community in the country was 57,264, which was 1,14,000 in 1941.

  • The Ministry of Minority Affairs had launched the ‘Jio Parsi’ plan in November 2013 with the aim of balancing the population of the Parsi community and increasing the total fertility rate, for which a budget of 4 to 5 million rupees every year.

  • Shernaz Cama, the organization’s top official, said: “Since the launch of the Jiyo Parsi program, 376 children have been born (as of July 15), which is more than the average of 200 children born in the Parsi community each year. ”

  • He says the main reason for the low birth rate of children in the Parsi community is single adults.

  • He said: “The study found that around 30% of adults in the Parsi community do not marry while they are eligible for marriage.

  • About 30 percent of those who marry have an average of one child each. About 30 percent of people are over 65 years old. The average age of girls marrying in the Parsi community is 28 years and that of boys is 31 years.

feeling of independence of women

According to him, “The main reason for not getting married is the strong feeling of independent living among young people, especially women. Young Parsis have a responsibility to take care of the elderly, so they cannot get married. The situation is that every young couple has the responsibility of caring for eight elderly people, although the government gives a monthly allowance of four thousand rupees to people earning less than 10 lakh rupees to care for the elderly. , which is not enough.

Many marriages took place during the Kovid period

Shernaz, an associate professor at Lady Shri Ram College, also reported that not only were many marriages celebrated during the Kovid period, but also a good number of children were born. He said that due to the efforts made under the Jio Parsi scheme, 61 children were born in 2020 and 60 children in 2021.

When asked what efforts are being made to encourage young Parsi people to get married, he said, “In the Kovid era, we started dating online, which has yielded good results. There were a break in between when our counselors started working in the field.Now let’s start this online dating again.

On how to arrange online dating for the purpose of marriage, Shernaz said: “Our counselors will discuss the likes and dislikes of married boys and girls at locally organized community events, the expectations of the future couple and some other personal information .. make deposits.After that, these people show up online.These people decide at their discretion when it comes to marriage.We only give them a platform to choose a life partner.

The marriage reunion is also taking place

Under the Jio Parsi scheme, not only online dating is offered, but also marriage counseling services and face-to-face meetings are also organized, i.e. “marriage meetings”. Shernaz said Parsi boys who are determined not to get married, are being counseled to prepare them for marriage. We also have a worthy success in this.

Problems such as infertility in Parsi couples

They say that due to marriage at an older age, many Parsi couples face problems like infertility, in this case they are offered an annual assistance of up to Rs.8 lakh each for “IVF” and many medical services. moderns. Social conservatism is also a major challenge in maintaining the balance of the population in the Parsi community. For example, if a Parsi woman marries a man of another religion, her child will not be counted in the Parsi community, despite the couple’s wishes. On this, Shernaz Cama says, ‘There is nothing religious in conservatism that is seen. These are the rules made by the male-dominated society. Religious institutions and courts must also decide on this.

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