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Sooraj Nair applied recently for the birth certificate of his daughter and found it took more than 30 days. He says, "At the BBMP zonal office in Bommanahalli, I was asked for a bribe too. On giving Rs 100 to the clerk, I got the certificate without further delay." He was not asked to pay a specific amount, but noticed other applicants were also paying different amounts to get the job done.

"On giving Rs 100 to the clerk, I got the certificate without further delay."

Nair had applied by submitting form-1 at Apollo Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, where his daughter was born. He was asked to come to the BBMP zonal office a month later. There he filled another form for name inclusion, was given a receipt and was asked to come after another two days. During the second visit, he had to give the bribe before collecting his certificate.

While the certificates are supposed to be available in a week or two under the manual system, there are often delays.

At the hospital, apply for a certificate by filling a form (Form-1 for births, Form-2 for deaths).

All registration of births and deaths are done according to the Registration of Birth and Deaths Act, 1969. According to the Act, if a birth or death happens in a hospital, it is the responsibility of the hospital authorities to record the details of birth and inform the Registrar of Births and Deaths. In the case of Bangalore, a Medical Officer, Health (MOH), BBMP performs this role. The function is part of the Department of Statistics under the authority of Joint Director, Statistics.

At the hospital, the person applying for a certificate should fill a form (Form-1 for births, Form-2 for deaths), which the hospital will then send to the BBMP office. The Medical Officer Health (MOH) here will provide the certificate, which can then be collected at a specified date.

In the case of births, the name of the child can be specified in the initial application itself, which would make the procedure easier. Parents can add the name later at the BBMP office before they collect the actual certificate, or they can collect the certificate and then apply for name inclusion anytime before the child turns 14 and an updated certificate can be obtained.

Death Certificates

If a death happens at a hospital, a relative should fill Form-2, which the hospital will then send to the BBMP office. The hospital will give the Cause of Death Certificate free-of-cost as soon as the death occurs. Form-2 is also filled at the same time to apply for death certificate. The MOH will provide the certificate, which can then be collected at a specified date.

"Many people are not aware that copies of certificates can be obtained from Citizen Service Centres. Many resort to bribing in BBMP offices to get the job done fast."

If death happens at home, Form 2 can be filled later at the BBMP zonal office. Applicants have to submit documents including the Cause of Death and cremation certificates, after which the registrar will conduct an inquiry and the certificate will be issued.

The Cause of Death Certificate is issued by a medical practitioner. If the death happens while under a doctor's treatment, the doctor would be responsible for giving the certificate free of charge. If natural death occurs in a house, the head of the household or the nearest relative of the head present in the house, or the oldest adult male person present is responsible for informing BBMP and getting a local doctor to certify the cause of death. When deaths occur in public places like lodges, the owner of the place is responsible for giving information.

In case of unnatural deaths or cases of deserted bodies, the Police and BBMP get involved and conduct a postmortem to ascertain cause of death. In case of unclaimed bodies, the body will be preserved in the hospital for seven days within which it can be claimed by relatives. If there is no response after seven days also, police will be informed and the hospital will be responsible for cremating the body. In cases of non-hospital deaths, the MOH, on receiving an application, conducts an enquiry and give the death certificate.

The Cause of Death Certificate is necessary for cremating the body. The crematorium has to record the details and give a receipt on cremation, which acts as another valid document. In case of burial ground, the Cause of Death Certificate is required, along with an identification card of the dead person.

List of Crematoriums/Burial Grounds:

1) Hindu Burial Ground, 1st C Cross, Koramangala 7 Block, Adugodi
2) Christian Burial Ground, Kasturiba Nagar, Ashwathakatte Road, Azad Nagar
3) Muslim Burial Ground, Padarayana Pura, Near Mysore Road Circle Bus stop
4) Burial Ground, Ganga Nagar Extension, Ganga Nagar
5) Chirashanthi Dhama Electrical Crematorium, NR Flyover, Bellary Rd, Hebbal
6) Harish Chandra Ghat Electrical Crematorium, No.2 Subramaniyam Pura Rd, Behind Banashankari Bus Stand, Banashankari, Bangalore - 560050

Charges for Death and Birth Certificates

Death certificate is an important document for many purposes such as property inheritance, bank deposit transfers, widow pensions, insurance cases etc, while birth certificates are necessary for school admissions, passport application etc. While the first copy of the certificate is given free of cost, the second copy costs Rs 50 and every additional copy costs Rs 10 each.

Registration of births and deaths done within 21 days of the event is free of cost. From 21 to 30 days after the event, the MOH will certify, collecting a fine of Rs 25. After 30 days and within a year, only the Joint Director of Statistics can provide the certificate, with a fine of Rs 50 and an affidavit.

If the event is registered only after a year, the applicant can get the certificate by order of a first class magistrate only, which can be a lengthy process. For this, the applicant will need the Cause of Death Certificate, Cremation Certificate and an Affidavit.

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