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Mary Roy, from Kerala, is a crusader
for equal property rights for Syrian Christian women. Daughters
used to be entitled to a quarter of the son's share, or Rs 5000,
whichever was less, if the father died intestate. In 1986, in
response to a court case initiated by Mary Roy, the Supreme
Court ruled that daughters were entitled to an equal share in
their father's property. And what's more, they made it retroactive.
Roy suffered ostracism and opposition during and after this
case. A controversial and somewhat paradoxical figure, she founded
the Corpus Christi school in Kottayam which
offers a liberal, Western-leaning education. Of late, she
has gained more attention
as the mother of
Arundhati Roy whose novel, The God of Small Things won the
Booker Prize in 1997.
- Newsclips & Links
- Mary Roy
is a celebrity in her own right. Mini-biography and article,
- Who is
Ammu?. Is Mary Roy the Ammu of Arundhati's novel? Rediff.
- An interview
with Mary Roy, from Rediff.
and Christian marriages in India
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Last updated 10 Sep 2008
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