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SC issues mandamus to grant citizenship based on mother’s name

Order provides relief to kids of unmarried mothers


 |  Kathmandu

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The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a mandamus to grant citizenship based on the mother's name.

The SC has issued an order so that citizenship can be given without mentioning the father's name, giving relief to the kids of unmarried mothers.

A woman from Mahalakshmi Municipality-6 of Lalitpur filed a writ in the Supreme Court in 2078 BS stating that she gave birth to a daughter while a virgin and the father was out of reach.

She complained that she was unable to get citizenship for her daughter because she got pregnant while she was in a relationship with a man who went out of contact without marrying her.

She had mentioned in the petition that even when she tried to register details and obtain certificate for her daughter based on father's name through his permanent address at the ward office of Manhari-4, Makwanpur, she was deprived to do so.

The full text of the judgment passed on August 8 by the Supreme Court bench of Justices Anil Kumar Sinha and Nahakul Subedi has been made public recently.

The Supreme Court ruled that the name of the father is not necessary when the mother has the citizenship of the descendant and also has the birth certificate issued by the hospital.

The Supreme Court has said that the daughter should also be given citizenship on the basis of descent and the permanent address of the mother should be the address of the daughter as well.


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