Many women never changed their maiden surname in passport, it’s not new.
While this sounded quite right, seems someone (entire media) got it wrong.
May be Modified hi was trying to make things clear and broader reach but media went gaga over it.
Factchecker says –
It appears that PM Modi is referring to the changes in the passport rules notified by the external affairs ministry in December 2016.
“Married applicants would not be required to provide Annexure K or any marriage certificate,” the notification said. “The Passport application form does not require the applicant to provide the name of her/his spouse in case of separated or divorced persons. Such applicants for passports would not be required to provide even the Divorce Decree.”
The ministry has now made it easy for men/women going through separation to remove the name of their spouses by filing an affidavit, The Wire reported.
However, when applying for the passport of a minor, the instructions say, “If parent(s) hold a valid passport, but spouse name is not endorsed, then they must get the spouse name added in their passport. For this they have to apply for a reissue of passport and get the specified change in personal particulars”.
The form to declare the spouse’s name when applying for reissue does not mention a marriage certificate, but it is unclear if the affidavit alone will suffice.