What is it like growing up with a single parent?
For most of us, it is hard to imagine such a phase but for some children, it is an unfortunate experience which they have to accept and live with it every day.
It is obviously a depressing situation for a child to see their parents living separately and it is even, worse when harassment and molestation are involved. Such is the case of this child, Mohammad, who lives with his separated mother. His mother was harassed by her ruthless husband and had to fight a disturbing battle for 6 long years to get her son’s custody.
Even after the separation, things have not been easy for them. Mohammad is facing a huge hurdle in getting his passport from the government as the laws are too rigorous for a single parent. In his post with ‘Humans Of Bombay‘, he shares his unfortunate story and requests the government to amend laws.
Read the text below:
“My mother is a single parent. She was married to an abusive man, and at the age of 19 she was pregnant with me but even though my parents got separated she had to fight for my custody for 6 long years. Even though she won custody almost 4 years ago, the passport office refuses to make my passport , as she is a single parent. She has gone to the passport office over a hundred times, but no one seems to listen to her, they keep harassing her for more papers even though her paperwork is upto mark. I’m 10 years old, and because I don’t have a passport, I haven’t been able to travel anywhere…even though I so badly want to go to see different places.
The government needs to change the rules for single parents. My mother has taken care of everything for me since I was born, but the passport office still demands the father’s permission. Why is his permission needed, when he’s never been my father in the first place? All these years, we’ve just been harassed by him…while he has remarried, has other children and travels the world whenever he feels like. It doesn’t matter anymore I don’t know him and I don’t want to know him, but he continues to impact our lives negatively. He has faced charges for domestic violence against my mother, but he continues to be free…while I haven’t even done anything and my freedom has been taken away. It’s so unfair.”
Isn’t it unjust and groundless to disallow a child his own passport?
But you can help Mohammad take one step further towards getting a passport by signing this petition. Why wait, now? Sign up and be a part of this change!