A child's passport to protection

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 15 Dec 2013

IN Kuala Lumpur, young Mahendravalli grew up without a birth certificate or identity card. Her parents didn’t know or understand the importance of birth registration. So they did not register her birth.

Without a birth certificate, Mahendravalli was unable to attend school. Later, she was unable to get a job. Later still, she got married, but it was only a customary marriage, because she was unable to register her marriage. Without a birth certificate or identity card, she was unable to get a marriage certificate.

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Opinion , Unicef; birth registration


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