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.”