TRACK TRAGEDY

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from be­hind.”

Be­fore the snatcher could get his hands on her chain, Shukla lost con­trol and fell on the tracks just as a train ar­rived.

“She was taken to Sion hos­pi­tal, but was de­clared dead be­fore ad­mis­sion. The ac­cused tried to es­cape from the spot, but was caught by other com­muters and RPF of­fi­cers,” said an of­fi­cer, on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause he is not au­tho­rised to speak to the me­dia.

Ma­lik had ar­rived in the city from Odisha 15 days ago.

The gov­ern­ment has made it easy to change the date of birth in a pass­port and also al­lowed dig­i­tally signed mar­riage and birth cer­tifi­cates for is­su­ing the travel doc­u­ment.

The re­cent change in the rules was among the many planned to sim­plify and make the of­ten cum­ber­some and lay­ered process more trans­par­ent, min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs of­fi­cials said.

In In­dia, mul­ti­ple agen­cies can is­sue birth cer­tifi­cates and it of­ten leads to dis­crep­an­cies. Though reg­is­trar of births and deaths is the is­su­ing au­thor­ity, the school-leav­ing doc­u­ment or the ones is­sued by lo­cal bod­ies, too, can be fur­nished as date of birth proof. Chang­ing the date of birth on a pass­port has re­mained a long-drawn process. The re­quest for change has to be made within five years of is­suance of pass­port.

If the date of birth doc­u­ment is not is­sued by the reg­is­trar of births and deaths, the pass­port is­su­ing au­thor­ity (PIA) can fine the ap­pli­cant for pro­vid­ing wrong in­for­ma­tion.

Re­vised guide­lines do away with the time bar and also al­low au­thor­i­ties to con­sider the ex­pla­na­tion of each ap­pli­cant and de­cide ac­cord­ingly. “If the PIA is sat­is­fied with the claim and with the doc­u­ment(s) sub­mit­ted by the ap­pli­cant in sup­port of the claim, the PIA shall ac­cept all such re­quests made by the ap­pli­cant to is­sue the pass­port with a re­vised date of birth,” says one of the guide­lines re­leased re­cently.

Of­fi­cials have also been told to ac­cept dig­i­tally signed mar­riage and birth cer­tifi­cates, which would re­duce the chances of doc­u­ments be­ing re­jected by pass­port au­thor­i­ties.

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