Unwed mother in India gains guardianship in legal first

2015-07-06 15:24
(Manish Swarup, AP)

(Manish Swarup, AP)

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New Delhi - An unwed mother in India was Monday granted guardianship of her child without revealing the father's name or gaining his consent, breaking new legal ground, a news report said.

The Supreme Court overtuned earlier rulings that had applied the law that a mother needs the father's permission before requesting guardianship of a child born out of wedlock.

The mother's unilateral application for guardianship was first rejected by a trial court, and by the Delhi High Court. According to her petition, the father did not even know that the child exists.

The Supreme Court reversed the ruling, with the argument that the child's welfare should be the paramount consideration of the court, the Times of India reported.

Monday's ruling was welcomed by activists. "Great, needed to start bringing Guardianship laws in line with equality," Karuna Nundy, a lawyer, wrote on Twitter.

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