Me Like Moment – women can retain their “OWN” names on their Passport … BUT

The PM in “a bold change from the past kind of move” announced women can retain their “OWN” names on their Passport.

Its a BOLD move – as the deeply entrenched patriarchal systems in India automatically assume that post marriage the woman becomes the property of the husband – hence needs to be “stamped” as such…

This move gives a woman her the right to “retain her old (own) identity”.


A FREEDOM introduced……..indeed………..


BUT – these shall be many many hurdles to cross before this move is able to actually reach the Common Woman of India…

The Common Woman of India will ONLY benefit if:

  1. Large scale awareness camps are held all across all schools, colleges, homes, villages and towns – informing the PEOPLE of India – what this NEW “right” means. This is important – so that the in-laws and parents of the girls do NOT freak out, if the girl asks for her “rights”
  2. Large scale interventions at ALL thaanas – where passports go for verifications
  3. Large scale interventions at ALL passport offices – for not just the pvt outsourced staff but ALL govt staff (its the Govt staff which behave in a painful manner – I have witnessed that myself, very recently)
  4. Large scale legal camps for LAWYERs – and before you wonder what and why etc…. YES even Lawyers need to be educated :)…. Have been meeting many many such people who do not know WHAT the “new right” means ….

It is ONLY after these interventions can this NEW MOVE – be actually effective….

So Dear Govt,

Which even I helped elect 🙂 – please pay attention to these 4 issues…

After THAT – shall I start celebrating!

The THOUGHT is good…

NOW I await the implementation!

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