‘Age on school docu takes precedence’
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.