New Delhi/October 30 (NG News)
A 19-year-old girl has filed a petition in Bombay High Court for getting her stepfather’s name in passport after Regional Passport Office refused to entertain her plea and insisted on recording her biological father’s name.
As per reports, the girl, a law college student, stated in her petition that her mother had married her biological father in 1993 but they got divorced in 1999 after which she remarried. Her mother changed her name and the law student’s also. Now she had all government documents as Aadhar Card, ration card, school certificates in her stepfather’s name.
But when she applied for passport as she wants to pursue her higher studies from foreign universities, the authorities refused to entertain her application, stating that she will have to mention her biological father’s name.
In her petition, she claimed that her fundamental rights were being violated as she could apply in foreign universities without a valid passport.
She stated that it was fundamental right to disown her biological father as he has never ever looked after her and neither has the petitioner stayed with him nor does she remember him.
A division bench of Justice VM Kanade and Justice Anuja Parbhudessai has directed Centre to file a reply on the petition clarifying government’s stand.