Aaquib Chhipa, Ahmedabad: A local court in Ahmedabad has directed Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to issue a birth certificate to a woman, 67 years after her birth.
At the time of her birth, her parents had failed to register her name with the Birth and Death Department of the AMC.
The court directed the AMC to issue a birth certificate in the name of Bhavnaben Mehta after collecting the late fees. Bhavnaben’s mother had moved the court to get her child’s birth certificate.
As per records Bhavnaben Mehta was born in 1953 but her birth went unrecorded with the AMC. Court also took the note of the documents placed on record by the applicant – original school leaving certificate of Bhavnaben Mehta before the court as evidence.
Copies of forwarding letters of school and general register were also put on record by the applicant. Considering all the documents and affidavit placed before the court, it directed AMC to issue her a birth certificate.
How the issue of birth certificate from AMC came up
Ninety-year-old Viruben Mehta moved the local court seeking issuance of birth certificate for her daughter Bhavnaben Mehta, as she required it as a document to obtain her passport.
The court considered the affidavit submitted by the applicant under section 269 of the CrPC Act.
According to the Birth and Death Registration Act 1969, it is mandatory to register a birth within 21 days of occurrence.
After these 21 days, registration is considered as late registration. A late fee of Rs2 is charged if registration is done between 21 days to 30 days of birth. Rs5 is charged as a late fee if the registration of birth is done within a year of occurrence of birth and also an affidavit is required to be submitted.
A late fee of Rs10 is charged if birth registration is done after one year of occurrence and permission of the court is also required.
The case is that Bhavnaben Mehta was born in Khadia in Ahmedabad in the year 1953 but her family members did not get her birth registered with the AMC.
Almost 67 years later she inquired about it as she needed it for her passport. The AMC issued her a – no record certificate. After the no record certificate the mother of Bhavnaben Mehta moved the court seeking the direction of the issuance of birth certificate.
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