Social and women’s welfare activist Mary Roy passes away

Kottayam: Mary Roy (89), social-women welfare activist and educationist passed away. Mary Roy, the founder of the famous Pallikkutam School in Kottayam, a new approach to education, was the person who fought the crucial legal battle in the Christian succession case.

It was Mary Roy’s legal battle that paved the way for the Supreme Court ruling that daughters have equal rights to inheritance under the Christian Succession Act. In 1986, the landmark judgment of Mary Roy was obtained from the Supreme Court.

The court ruling provided equal share of property to the women of the Syrian Christian community following the Travancore Succession Act of 1916 and the Kochi Succession Act of 1921, which had the right to just a quarter of the sons’ share in the father’s property or 5000 rupees, whichever is less.

Mary Roy implemented free artistic activity and freedom of expression in Pallikkutam School. Her husband is late Rajeeb Roy, a native of Bengal. Arundhati Roy and Lalit Roy are the children of famous writer and Booker Prize winner.

Born in Kottayam in 1933, Mary studied at Jesus Mary Convent, Delhi and graduated from Queen Mary’s, Chennai.


The article is in Malayalam

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