From now onwards, Indian women need not change their names in passports after their marriage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said. He also added that women will also have the option to include their mothers' names on their passports instead of their father's name.
Women are already using their maiden names in passport application after marriage also, then what's new decision is for?
Modi was addressing the 50th year celebrations of IMC Ladies Wing in Mumbai when he said, "Women do not have to submit their marriage or divorce certificate for a passport".
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Benefits of reiteration aside, ultimately the announcement is a fully functioning rule in our country that has been utilised by multiple women, so once again no concrete steps have been taken to further women empowerment in the country.
Changing surname post marriage in India is customary, but not legally binding.
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The form to declare the spouse's name when applying for reissue does not mention a marriage certificate, but it is unclear if the affidavit alone will suffice. The government wants the woman of the house to be the priority in all of its development schemes, he added. The Government also chose to give women the first right in all the schemes being executed by it. The government has set a target of covering as many as 5 crore people from BPL families over the next two years.
Now again here is the good news for all as PM Modi announced that the newly married couples who are planning for their summer breaks for overseas, but are stuck up in the process of updating spouses name on their passports.
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