A man who refused to register his son’s birth because he says he does not want him to be controlled by the state has lost a high court case.
Tower Hamlets social services, the London council which has responsibility for the baby’s welfare, asked a high court judge to intervene in the case after the man and his partner, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, failed to register the child’s birth earlier this year.
Mr Justice Hayden ruled the council had the right to step in as the child’s “institutional parent” to register the birth.
Hayden pointed out that the 1953 Births and Deaths Registration Act required a birth to be registered within 42 days of a child being born. He ruled: “It is manifestly in T’s best interest for his birth to be registered, in order that he may be recognised as a citizen and entitled to the benefits of such citizenship.”