Child named BOCh RVF 26062002 refused birth certificate

February 18th, 2009 - 6:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Feb 18 (RIA Novosti) Moscow authorities refused to issue a birth certificate to a six-year-old boy, whose parents named him BOCh RVF 26062002, an official said Wednesday.
Registration officials refused to register the boy’s name, which translates into a Russian acronym for Biological Human Object of the Voronin-Frolov Genus (DoB) June 6, 2002, to “protect the boy’s own interests”. The parents have insisted on registering the name.

“This case has been reviewed by several judicial agencies; however, the parents have been denied the right to register the child with that name,” Tatyana Ushakova said. “This was done to protect the interests of the boy. His parents need to think about the boy and how he can live with a name like that and not think about their own ambitions.”

Ushakova said that there was no legislation in Russia against giving children odd names. She also said that the parents referred their case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg; however, the complaint was turned down.

In 2008, a number of other odd names were registered in Russia, including the English equivalent of North, Dolphin, Wind, and Moon. In 2005, names including eaf Salad, Aviation Dispatcher, Russia, Privatisation, Cool, Viagra and Simply a Hero were registered.

However, the Russian names are somewhat tame compared to New Zealand, where last year a family court judge made a nine-year-old girl a ward of the court in order to change her name from Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.

The judge Rob Murfitt said at the time: “The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgement which this child’s parents have shown in choosing this name. It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap, unnecessarily.”

Murfitt gave a list of names that registrars had refused to register, including Sex Fruit, Keenan Got Lucy and Fish and Chips. However, the names Number 16 Bus Shelter and Violence somehow got through.

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