Orphaned children entitled to reclaim their individuality, identity: Delhi HC allows plea for surname change in CBSE certificates
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Orphaned children entitled to reclaim their individuality, identity: Delhi HC allows plea for surname change in CBSE certificates

The Court has held that CBSE qualified as an instrumentality of the State and by refusing to allow the name change, it failed to act in accordance with the principle of "parens patriae".

Rintu Mariam Biju

While allowing the plea for surname change in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) certificates of two orphaned children, the Delhi High Court has held that such individuals are entitled to reclaim their individuality and identity.

The Court has held,

I am of the view that this Court, while exercising powers under Article 226 of the Constitution, is duty-bound to correct the wrong done to the petitioners (two orphans). The petitioners, in my view, are entitled to reclaim thier individulaity and identity by insisting on inclusion in their grade-X and grade XII certificates, the name by which they wish to be known.
Delhi High Court

The High Court has held that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) qualified as an instrumentality of the State and by refusing to allow the name change, it failed to act in accordance with the principle of "parens patriae".

The above order was passed by Single Judge Bench of Justice Rajiv Shakdher.

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