NEW DELHI: On Friday Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi sought after alteration in the rules for issuance of passports so that it is not compulsory to state the name of the father if the mother and child so wish. Minister Maneka Gandhi further conveyed to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj citing the rising number of single mothers in the country. The Women and Child Development Ministry also conveyed that they had conventional many petitions where mothers and children demand that the names of the fathers not be mentioned in their passports. The Ministry also conveyed that, single parents in the nation are growing together by way of mindful conclusion and by breakdown of marriages.
Maneka also conveyed that, the appeal she conventional involved cases in which the father had abandoned the mother and the court had granted custody of the child to the mother. The Ministry’s response came subsequent to a single mother commenced a petition on Change.org. In her petition, the mother wrote: “The judiciary has given progressive judgments that say that the father’s name is not necessary. We tried to induce the passport officer, wrote letters, met senior officers, but our request was denied. In the end we were forced to include his name. Every time my daughter looks at her passport, she sees the name of a person who hurt her, who abandoned her.” The current guidelines for passports warrant the name of the father as a mandatory requirement. Statistics reveal that number of single parents in the country is increasing both by way of conscious decision & by breakdown of marriages.