New Delhi, April 17: Even after bringing up their child with all their potentials, Single Mothers often face difficulties getting the certificates issued for their children without their father’s name. Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has urged HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar to change the compulsory rule of mentioning father’s name in degree certificate.
She has written a letter to Prakash Javadekar stating that she has been approached by several women who are separated from their husbands and who face problems getting degree certificates issued for their children without their father’s name
She has explained in her letter the logic behind the demand that "breakdown of marriages and separation between husband and wife is now a reality" and rules should be changed according to present reality. “Keeping in view the sensitivity of the single/separated mother, we need to make a provision for this purpose by changing rules/guidelines," the letter adds.
As per Maneka’s instruction, the Ministry of External Affairs changed the rule for passport application last year, announcing only one parent’s name is compulsory.
Priyanka Gupta, a single parent, had initiated the movement last year on Change.org, by addressing a petition to Maneka Gandhi and Sushma Swaraj asking for passport rules to be altered, so that she was not required to mention her husband’s name on her daughter’s passport.
Based on the petition the two ministries organized a committee and changed the rule.