Navigating the Legal Labyrinth: A Case Study of Name Change Challenges faced by an Individual in India

  • Barkat Ali
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  • Barkat Ali

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This research paper, presents an in-depth analysis of the intricate hurdles encountered by an individual in India during their quest to change their name TOM to JERRY. Through a comprehensive case study, it illuminates the real-life journey of a person grappling with the multifaceted legal, social, and personal implications of altering their name within the Indian context. The study initiates by meticulously dissecting the legal framework and bureaucratic intricacies governing name changes in India, illuminating the complex maze of administrative offices and legal procedures that the individual navigated in their pursuit of a new identity. By documenting the case study, it provides valuable insights into the practical challenges and setbacks encountered in this legal transformation. The study commences by dissecting the prevailing legal framework and administrative intricacies governing name changes in India. It highlights the labyrinthine and time-consuming procedures, where individuals must navigate a complex network of bureaucratic offices, resulting in protracted delays and uncertainty. The case study provides a first-hand account of these legal challenges, offering valuable insights into the practical difficulties faced. The study sheds light on the personal and psychological toll that navigating these social challenges can take. In conclusion, this research underscores the urgent need for reform and simplification of the legal and administrative procedures surrounding name changes in India. It advocates for a more compassionate and efficient approach that respects individual rights and the broader implications on personal identity and societal acceptance. By using a real-life case study as a lens to understand the complexities and challenges faced, this paper offers a valuable resource for individuals, legal practitioners, and policymakers seeking to address and alleviate the hurdles associated with changing one's name in India.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 6, Page 846 - 856


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