Women can retain their maiden names on passports

Indian women will not have to change their names on passports after marriage. They don't have to produce a marriage or divorce certificate to get a passport. In addition, they can give either their father's or mother's name on the passport, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing businesswomen at an event in Mumbai. “From now onwards, women will not have to change their names in the passport after their marriage,“ Modi told a gathering of the Indian Merchants Chambers' ladies wing over video conferencing.

These rules were actually announced in December 2016, as a result of recommendations made by a parliamentary panel. Women were expected to change their status on their passports after marriage by submitting their marriage certificate. This would also entail a change of name.The new rules, in place since December 2016, have done away with this requirement.

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