Maneka Writes To Javadekar: Father name on degree should not be mandatory

Maneka said she been approached by several women, single, separated or divorced, who are unable to procure their child’s degree certificate without giving the child’s father’s name

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 17, 2017 10:26 am
Maneka Gandhi, Javadekar, Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, Sushma Swaraj, Indian Express, Indian Express News Union Minister Maneka Gandhi. (File)

Woman and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has written to the HRD Ministry asking it not to make it mandatory for students to mention their father’s name on degree certificates, keeping in mind that some may be the children of single mothers. Maneka had earlier made a similar plea regarding passports.

This time, Maneka wrote to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Maneka said she been approached by several women, single, separated or divorced, who are unable to procure their child’s degree certificate without giving the child’s father’s name. The minister explained to Javadekar that rules must factor in the sensitivity of the issue and be changed to reflect the reality of “breakdown of marriages”.

Maneka had earlier written to Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on the issue of passports. Her letter to Swaraj had highlighted the case of harassment faced by a single mother, Priyanka Gupta, whose husband abandoned her child immediately after her birth and yet passport officials refused the child a passport unless it mentioned the father’s name.

The Woman and Child Development Ministry had spoken about how it is demeaning for single women when they are asked for irrelevant details that they are often not comfortable revealing.

Immediately afterwards, an inter-ministerial committee was formed which recommended doing away with the practice of compulsorily printing the child’s father’s name or the name of the spouse on the passport. The recommendations were accepted by the MEA.

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    KISHOR KUMAR
    Apr 17, 2017 at 11:34 pm
    no name is required.only child name should be there with those who r looking after.
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      Shyamal Ganguly
      Apr 17, 2017 at 10:57 pm
      Maneka's husband was not the son of Feroze hi (who umed the name to hide his Muslim name KHAN). Indira had a outside marriage affair with another Muslim and Sanjiv was born. Sanjiv name was changed to Sanjay later to hide his traffic violation record in England. Why Maneka is bent to destroy India's marriage system and legitimacy of birth?
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        Krish Menon
        Apr 17, 2017 at 8:55 pm
        Good for you Menaka hi - you are doing the right thing. Hope this gets approved.
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          Shyamal Ganguly
          Apr 17, 2017 at 10:58 pm
          Why? Are you a ?
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            Shyamal Ganguly
            Apr 17, 2017 at 11:00 pm
            Only bas tards would love to see what she is advocating? Are you one
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          2. अजय भू
            Apr 17, 2017 at 5:21 pm
            बाप की पहचान औलाद नही तो कौन? हमारी संस्कृति को कलंकित करने का प्रयास? खुद अपने निजी नामो को पठो और फिर आदेश फरमाफौ! हिन्दूस्तान पैतृक शक्ति का स्त्रोत है। इसलिये बच्चा दादा तक का नाम अपने से पहले नाम जोडकर परिवारिक परिचय देता है। आधे से ज्यादा भारतीय इस परम्परा का अनुसरण कर रहे है।
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              Perin Subra
              Apr 17, 2017 at 5:07 pm
              It is better to ensure all children at birth are given a name with surname of Mother and Father following it; and any others required like origin of village or dynasty can be fourth only; that way ID of the person can be established without any doubt ! Long ago suggested in a letter to the Editor, got response that one Maharashtra villages has this in practice !!
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                Pradeep Chaturvedi
                Apr 17, 2017 at 4:11 pm
                DO not worry in future there is no need for father to produce a child. Slow process. Child can be identified with his/ her father's name . Your children my children will become our children. Indians are FUNNY and ahead of USA in many ways. Youth there got ruined after USA became super power and here on way becoming super power. Babus lack imagination
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                  Judith Fernandes
                  Apr 17, 2017 at 4:04 pm
                  Suggestion : the husband / father's name should be done away with on all forms. Just the child's name should suffice. Parent's name need not be father's name. It should be either - whoever looks after the child
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                    laxman
                    Apr 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm
                    y not N D tiwari son and sanghis have similar problem now solved
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