No proposal to add caste to birth proofs

 New Delhi, 16-Dec-2015 08:06:20 IST

There is no proposal to mention the caste of children in their birth certificates, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Minister of state for home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said that though birth and death certificates are public documents and admissible as evidence under Section 35 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1972, "these entries are only conclusive evidence of the fact of birth or death, as the case may be".

"Other particulars as to which the registering officer concerned can have no personal knowledge or no means of checking cannot be treated as conclusive evidence," he clarified.

The proposal to include the caste of a child in his/her birth certificate was earlier moved by NCP corporator from Mumbai, Sunil Ahir, in 2012. The idea was endorsed by the civil general body meeting of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

 A caste certificate, as per the existing rules, must be obtained from the district collector concerned. Many complain that this process is lengthy and cumbersome, with "agents" often charging exorbitant rates to facilitate those in need of caste certificates.

However, said entries in birth and death registers are public documents and are admissible as evidence under Section 35 of the Indian Evidence Act 1872.

But, these entries are only conclusive evidence of the fact of birth or death as the case may be.

Chaudhary said other particulars as to which the registering officer concerned can have no personal knowledge or no means of checking cannot be treated as a conclusive evidence, he said.

"There is no proposal to mention the caste of children in birth certificate," he said.