Zimbabwe: Widow Loses Child Name Case

Published: 26/Jul/2016
Source: The Herald (Harare)

The High Court has blocked a Harare woman from registering her minor child born out of wedlock in the late father’s name without the relatives’ consent and instead allowed her to register the child in her own family name.

Ms Zvikomborero Paunganwa approached the High Court challenging the constitutionality of Section 12(2) (c) of the Births and Deaths Registration Act (Chapter 5:02).

The law requires that if the alleged father of a child is deceased, his parents or near relatives should confirm paternity of the child.

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Themes: Discrimination, Gender, Identity Documents, Birth Registration
Regions: Southern Africa, Zimbabwe
Year: 2016