Video Editor: Deepthi Ramdas
If I have my birth certificate, then why are they questioning my nationality?
I lost my father when I was eight, and after my mother's remarriage, an orphanage in Delhi became my new home.
As an orphan, it has been a constant struggle for me to get a passport, despite submitting all the requisite documents.
I grew up at the orphanage as per the rules and regulations of Delhi Baal Kalyan Samiti.
After getting out of there, I had applied for a passport multiple times. But it was always rejected due to some reason or the other.
According to the passport office, I have all the required documents. But every single time, during police verification, a problem crops up.
It was in 2016, in Mumbai, that I had applied for a passport for the first time. I was working at Taj Lands End in the city for four years. After receiving a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the contractor, I had applied for the passport. My application was rejected, stating I could not give my work address. I was asked to go to Delhi and apply again, and I did so in the year 2019.
After arriving in Delhi, I took permission from Prayas Children Home (2010) and applied for my passport. But this time, it was rejected by the Delhi police, who said that I could not submit my orphanage’s address because I was over 18 years of age. They then asked me to go to my hometown and apply again.
How Can I Prove My Nationality?
In the year 2020, I applied for my passport again from my hometown in West Bengal.
After I came to West Bengal, I got all my documents made again as per my aunt’s address. But yet again, during police verification, my application was rejected, as the police began questioning my nationality.
What am I supposed to do now? I am a registered orphan. How can I prove my nationality for my passport?
According to the passport rules, an orphanage can testify the date of birth of an orphan.
I have reached out and sent applications to the Chief Passport Officials, Joint Secretary of Women and Child Development, and Chief Secretary of West Bengal.
With the help of the Magistrate of Child Welfare and Women and Child Development, I had gotten all my documents remade for the passport. But even after submitting all of these, the police are still asking me to submit my parents' documents.
If my parents and I have not been in touch since my childhood and I don't know where they are, how can I get these documents?
I have submitted my Aadhaar card, Voter ID, PAN card, birth certificate, and the documents from the Magistrate of Child Welfare. Despite all of this, there's no end to the police verification.
It's been over five years and I'm still waiting for my passport. Please help me.
The Quint reached out to the Borauipur police station, Child Welfare Committee, and Prayas Children Home for their response.
The police informed us that an e-mail has been sent by them to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation for birth-certificate verification, but they haven't received a reply yet.
Whereas, the Child Welfare committees has said that they were willing to help Vishal with any documents required.
There has been no response from the orphanage. As soon as they reply, the story will be updated.
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