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Sri Lanka to remove race, religion and marital status of parents from birth certificates

Sri Lankan authorities on Wednesday announced that all new birth certificates which will be issued for new born children in the future will not mention any race or religion or the marital status of the parents.

Registrar General of the Registrar General’s Department, N. C. Vithanage told local media that all details pertaining to marriage, ethnic group and religion will be removed from the application form for the registration of a birth in Sri Lanka although this was mandatory earlier.

Local media reports said that this decision was taken after many children in the country were reportedly facing issues due to the details of the marriage of parents, especially when enrolling a child in school.

“Under the new system, a 12-digit serial number is to be issued for all new birth certificates and this serial number can be used to obtain a national identity card when a child completes 15 years of age,’’ Vithanage said.

The new digital birth certificate would come with a QR code, a bar code and a dedicated watermark to meet international standards to counter forged documents.

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