The High Court noted that the child was at the threshold of her educational life and that the school authorities were insisting on a name before the child could be admitted to school.
“Since the birth certificate carries no name on it, the school authorities are refusing to accept such a certificate,” the Court observed.
The High Court also noted that there was no dispute that the child was born when the parents were married.
The High Court also referred to the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, government circular, as well as various precedents before deciding that the name suggested by the mother has to be given due importance.
Therefore, the child was named ‘Punya’ with the father’s name being added as the surname.
The Court directed that the said changes be reflected in the child’s birth certificate.