K Mohan @ Moga
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
" Be Good and Do Good "
A lady refused to mention her husband's name as the name of the father in an application for the passport. But the officials insisted on the name of the father. She refused to do the same as her husband never taking care of them and she only brought up their daughter as a single parent. She approached the court and in May 2016, the High court, New Delhi has given a ruling that one should accept the name of the mother in such cases where only the mother has brought up the child. So I think your acquaintance can give the name of the mother instead of the father's name.
Knowledge is power.
I remember here the happenings of Sundara Moorthy Nayanar who was initially called as Sundrar. He was a rich man intended to marriage was planned for him by elders. But Lord Shiva planned to take him as his devotee and came to the marriage hall in a form of an old man telling that the marriage should get stopped as the bridegroom Sundarar was a slave to Him as assured by Sundarar's Grand father. When everybody asking proof the old man produced a palm leaf with the script. Everybody went to Panchayat. The Panchayat sarpanchs seen the palm leaf and agreed the contents but to get proved the signature of the Grand father of Sundarar the panchayat sarpanchs called for the old records where from the signature of the Grand father compared. Finally the gave the judgement that the contents of the palm leave were true and Sundarar have to follow the Oldman, that is Lord Shiva.
This was done in Thiruvennai Nallur,Cuddalore Dist of Tamilnadu during the seventh century.
Though scientific/electronic developments raised to a good level the confusions for mother's name or father's name become waste of arguments but to follow the practice is good for the sake of children in future.