Women can use maiden name in passports

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Gujarat Global News Network, New Delhi

Women now need not change their names in passports after marriage. They are free to use either parents name in their passports and marriage related papers will not be needed while applying for the document, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

Speaking at the commemoration of the golden jubilee of Indian merchant chambers ladies wing PM said that women do not have to submit marriage or divorce certificate while applying for passport.

A Parliamentary panel formed to look into the Passport Act 1967 and Passport Rules 1980, comprising officials from the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the MEA and the Central Passport Organisation, had suggested that the MEA not print details of a person’s father, mother or spouse in the passport.

The panel also noted that the only information required for immigration is on Page 2 that includes the name, sex, nationality, birth, and passport details of the applicant. The panel also took cognizance of multiple complaints of harassment, especially from women, during passport registration.

 (For news in Hindi see our Hindi daily Chaupal Chronicle)

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