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Don’t know parents’ names. So, can’t drive?

delhi Updated: Nov 06, 2007 04:06 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Why should a person who grew up in a home for underprivileged children or an orphanage be denied the right to a driving licence? Gurgaon authorities are planning to take legal help to answer that question after a 21-year-old approached them for a driving licence.

Raju was just four when he got separated from his parents at the railway station. Someone took him to Ujwal Niketan in Sector 4, where he got a name and a new life. “The licensing authority officials refused to accept my application (for a licence) as it did not have my father’s name. Neither I nor the shelter home has any record of my parents,” he said.

Sub Divisional Magistrate JS Sangwan, who heads the licensing authority, said it was a peculiar case. He said he would devise a method to issue a licence to Raju after consulting the legal department. Sharda Devi of Ujwal Niketan said: “The administration must create identity of such children by issuing I-cards which should be accepted while completing legal formalities.”