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Monday Feb 10 2020
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Indian state initiates inquiry into birth certificate blunder showing Pakistani address: report

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(Bottom right) Sarfaraz Khan, great grandfather of the child (L), Saleha Bibi Pathan, grandmother of the child (R)

AHMEDABAD: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has initiated an inquiry into the issuance of a birth certificate where the address of the parents of a new born who live in the Vatva area of the country is mistakenly referred to as Pakistan railway crossing, reported The Times of India

Issued on October 8, 2018 for the baby who was born on October 1, 2018 at the AMC-run VS Hospital, the certificate mentions Pakistan railway crossing as the address for both the certificate holder and his parents.

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The parents alleged that they have been making futile attempts to get it corrected. “We got the birth certificate when my daughter-in-law was discharged from the hospital. We did not notice the error at that time." 

"We have been trying to get it corrected but have not been able to,” said the baby’s grandfather. On Saturday, the matter was brought to the notice of Congress Behrampura corporator Badruddin Shaikh. 

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“It is surprising that the doctor, who had signed the certificate, issued it before even looking at it," he said. "The officials must know that there is no area called Pakistan in Ahmedabad," he added.

"The officials responsible for the error should be suspended,” remarked Shaikh. Dr Bhavin Joshi, additional medical officer health, said, “We are trying to find out who is responsible for the error.”