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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                      Ash
                      Apr 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                      By including fathers name ,you are making it easier to identify an individual.There may be may Kishor sharmas,so how are you going to identify one particular Sharma?
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                        Curious onlooker
                        Apr 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm
                        "Child Development Minister Maneka hi 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." Single mothers could have not have produced a child all on their own effort without cooperation of man unless Maneka hi knows a way of doing it. For the good of the girl, her biological father's name must be better mentioned in all do ents.
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                          Hemant
                          Apr 17, 2017 at 11:11 am
                          Perhaps writing mother's name and mother's mother's name may be better to give complete iden y.
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                            Sk
                            Apr 17, 2017 at 9:41 am
                            Very correct,
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                              MyTake
                              Apr 17, 2017 at 6:55 am
                              Why just can't start using Adhar Card Number alongside. Merit of using father's name was merely for identification just in case one was interested in using another as proxy while both having same name! There has to be double check instead of just using name (case in point: One might appear in exam for another to score high)! Alternatively give equal weight to father's or mother's name!
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                                vijay
                                Apr 17, 2017 at 6:17 am
                                Absolutely correct. My father died in 1982 and most of his friends have gone as well.His name is a distant memory in my village. why should I cite his name ,address and religion to get an aadhar card or a p port or to get a property registered.It is a pity our government don't have the confidence to strike out this outdated practice from the statute. May be they don't trust the people who elected them.
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                                  Indrajit
                                  Apr 17, 2017 at 5:54 am
                                  Motherhood is a fact, fatherhood is public opinion or proved by DNA. Grow up India.
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                                    vijay
                                    Apr 17, 2017 at 6:28 am
                                    No other countries ,even the most backward banana republics have this practise.Our government is holding on to this outdated colonial practice in order to exert maximum authority over the people who elected them. Even Our mother land(England) and other commonwealth countries don't ask for the date of birth,place of birth,age,religion of your long lost mother and father for simple travel do ents and property registration. Grow up India or citizen ship papers. It seems Our administrators loves the comfort of hanging on to the apron string of outdated British system and CrPc 1895.
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                                      Curious onlooker
                                      Apr 17, 2017 at 8:04 pm
                                      It is a pity one has to depend on "public certification" to know who the child's father is. The child's Mother would automatically enjoy the status of a pleasure girl begetting her child by tryst with one of her customers; perhaps by then her profession regarded as no more a stigma. The Honourable Minister thinks that her suggestion is a revolutionary way of declaring women's independence from patriarchy and that is sure to please all the feminists.
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                                      Annu Chopra
                                      Apr 17, 2017 at 5:41 am
                                      maneka is right. Only father's bank account number should appear on any certificate issued to woman . Marriage certificate should have husband's bank account number. Men are needed by women for and money. Otherwise our bhartiya naree is fully independent,
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                                        S k
                                        Apr 17, 2017 at 8:27 am
                                        Its the woman who bears and rears the child and yet its the man's name which appears with the child's name. This is not Indian but Britishers tradition, it has got to stop.
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                                          Curious onlooker
                                          Apr 17, 2017 at 8:24 pm
                                          India could very well go back to her Pre-British routes say Maha Bharat days when the five Pandava brothers treated Draupadi as their common wife and she went on bear a child to each brother. With her enormously rising po tion India may have to do something like that.
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                                          Judith Fernandes
                                          Apr 17, 2017 at 4:18 pm
                                          Only for identification purposes, s/o or d/o ...... (either parent) may be mentioned. Women should be treated as equals, till then they will claim monies from their fathers / husbands as they are brought up to believe that their fathers / husbands will provide for them financially. women should become qualified and financially independent and husband's / father's name need not be included as part of the name.
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                                            vijay
                                            Apr 18, 2017 at 5:34 am
                                            you have an iden y why should you be identified through a second and third person.After 18 years the person becomes a major and will be able to make all decisions. pertaining to his/her affairs. Now a 70 year old man need to provide the name of his 100 year old dad,who has long gone, for getting an Aadhaar card,property registration or a p port. In some cases,even their date of birth ,date of marriage,their marriage and their place of birth. I can't see the point.
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