When court named girl of a separated coupleJuly 15th, 2011 - 7:48 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 15 (IANS) An Australian court’s intervention was required in a case in which parents of a two-year-old girl separated before her birth and could never agree over naming her after she was born.
The two-year-old girl was yet to have her birth registered, with each parent calling her by a different name.
The Family Court of Australia decided the first name the mother chose should be used and ordered that the girl be registered by it. She had already been known by her father’s surname, the Daily Mail reported.
Justice Colin Forrest was asked to rule on a name.
The court heard the mother, who picked the girl’s name because of its meaning and the way the toddler looked when she was born.
The father claimed the name the mother picked was blasphemous in his Islamic faith.
Justice Forrest said an Islamic cleric gave evidence of the name being offensive to Islam.
But he observed that the child was generally known to the world by the name the mother chose and that was also why the name should be registered.
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