‘Age on school docu takes prece­dence’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City -

New Delhi: Delhi high court has held that the birth cer­tifi­cate is­sued by the school has to be given pri­or­ity while de­ter­min­ing the age of a per­son.

“It is only in the ab­sence of a cer­tifi­cate from school or a ma­tric­u­la­tion cer­tifi­cate that a birth cer­tifi­cate given by a cor­po­ra­tion or a mu­nic­i­pal author­ity can be re­lied upon,” said a divi­sion bench of Jus­tices Man­mo­han and Naveen Chawla.

The court was hear­ing a habeas cor­pus pe­ti­tion filed by Asha Rathore seek­ing a di­rec­tion to the po­lice to present her daugh­ter. In the pre­vi­ous hear­ing, the coun­sel ap­pear­ing for Rathore claimed that girl is a mi­nor, and that the age dif­fer­ence be­tween her two daugh­ters, ac­cord­ing to the school cer­tifi­cates, is not even nine months.

When the girl was pre­sented be­fore the high court, she stated that she would like to live with her hus­band and in­laws. Ob­serv­ing that she is ma­jor and free to make her de­ci­sion, the court al­lowed the girl to live with her hus­band.

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