‘Pakistan’ in Gujarat child’s birth papers leaves parents worried

AHMEDABAD: Even as concerns and insecurity about proof of one’s nationality are rife in the wake of protests raging over the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens, imagine if your birth certificate has “Pakistan” in your address line!

A family in Vatva area of the city is distressed after the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation issued a birth certificate of their 18-month-old son with residence address mentioning “Pakistan railway crossing” as a landmark.

The crossing in the area is informally referred to as “Pakistan crossing” as it is near a Muslim-dominated locality housing around 2,200 families referred as “Chhota Pakistan”. The area is officially called “Vasant Gajendragadkar Nagar EWS Housing” named after the state’s first general secretary of the Jan Sangh Party in Gujarat. The infant’s family suspects that this reference has inadvertently cropped into official documentation.

Mohammed Uzerkhan, the 18-month-old boy of Arbazkhan Pathan and Mahekbanu Pathan, was born on October 1, 2018. The family lives in Char Maliya Society near Vatva railway crossing. Shaleha Bibi Pathan, grandmother of the child, collected his birth certificate from a civic centre on February 3.

However, when the family read the certificate carefully they were shocked to see “Near Pakistan Railway Station” mentioned as a landmark in their address. Talking to TOI , she said, “After the enactment of CAA and talks of NRC, we are making frantic efforts to get our records in place. We tried to get it rectified at the civic centre but nobody paid any heed to us. So, we rushed to the office of the Danilimda Congress councillor Badruddin Shaikh.”

Bhavin Joshi, who is in charge of the office of Registrar of Births and Deaths, said the aggrieved parents have been asked to visit the office on Monday and after verifying their documents, due correction would be made.

Source: Times of India

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