New Delhi: A single mother’s determination in procuring a passport for her daughter without having to mention the father’s name on the document, led the Delhi High Court to announce what is likely to be hailed as a progressive ruling.
The court, finding merit in the petitioner’s plea, directed Delhi’s Regional Passport Office (RPO) to deal with such issues on a case-wise basis and not make the absence of the father’s name the ground for rejection of applications.
The petition was moved by the Naraina-based mother of two girls, who got a divorce in 2007. She told the court that her husband had left her barely four months after the birth of her younger daughter and had not checked on the children since.
When the RPO refused her daughter a passport, she decided to take the fight to court.
Holding that the father’s name was not mandatory in every case, Justice S Muralidhar said there were certain exceptional circumstances where a person, as a matter of justice and fair play, must be allowed to decide whether he/she wants to mention the father’s name.
By Indian Express