A proposed revision of the Registration of Births and Deaths Act in India would allow a kid stuck with an intolerable name just one chance to change it.
The draft amendment, seeking replacement of section-14 of the existing Act, which deals with registration of name of child, says: "Where the birth of a person has been registered with a name, change of the name so entered in the register of birth will be allowed to be made only once in a person's lifetime in manner prescribed and on payment of prescribed late fee". [Link]Such a law might have discouraged some misguided name-changers, like:
- The Montana man who changed his name to "Jack Ass."
- The PETA staffer who changed his name to "Kentucky Fried Cruelty.com."
- The "fanatical British pop fan" who changed his name to include those of Level 42 band members and their album titles, viz. "Ant Level 42 The Pursuit of Accidents The Early Tapes Standing in the Light True Colors A Physical Presence World Machine Running In The Family Platinum Edition Staring At The Sun Level Best Guaranteed The Remixes Forever Now Influences Changes Mark King Mike Landup Phil Gould Boon Gould Wally Balarou Landup-Balarou."