Parminder Jawanda is a general practitioner at Southwest General Hospital and a member of the Pagford Parish Council. She was close friends with Barry Fairbrother before his death. She is married to Vikram Jawanda, a cardiac surgeon, and they have three children, Jaswant, Rajpal, and Sukhvinder. She considers her youngest daughter somewhat of a disappointment. She and her family are Sikhs.

Her status as General Practitioner gives her access to many Pagford residents including Howard Mollison. She brings up his weight issues in a council meeting (a breach of patient confidentiality), leading to her suspension from her job.

Samantha Mollison belives that she and Vikram had an arranged marriage.