Passports don’t need details of spouse or father: Panel to MEA

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In View of complaints, especially from women, of procedural harassment in passport offices, an inter-ministerial panel has recommended that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) should do away with the practice of printing details of a person's father, mother or spouse in the passport booklet.

It has also noted that the passport booklets of most countries, especially those of developed nations, do not ask for names of father/ legal guardian, mother, spouse or other details as printed on page 35.

It has said that while these details may be required, the MEA does not need to print the information in the passport booklets, as most of the complaints received from women pertain to this particular page.

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