In a landmark move by the Centre, PM Modi announced that women will now be able to retain their maiden names in passports.
The Prime Minister made the announcement at a gathering of Indian Merchants Chambers’ ladies wing. He was addressing the gathering via video conferencing.
“From now onwards, women will not have to change their names in the passport after their marriage,” the PM said.
Women don’t have to submit marriage/divorce certificate for passport. It’ll be their discretion to use father/mother’s name in passport: PM pic.twitter.com/EsKwbv3BIc
— ANI (@ANI_news) April 13, 2017
This, he stressed, was one of the many ways in which his government is working towards the empowerment of women.
It should be noted that women are not required to mandatorily change their family names to their husband’s post marriage in the passports. However, in the absence of a proper directive, married women were often questioned about the name change.
Though nothing new in Modi’s passport announcement, have heard of women being questioned in passport office over this. Hope it stops now
— Austin Fernandes (@quickbug) April 13, 2017
Overall, the announcement has been received positively.