Seoul, Feb 21 (Xinhua) The South Korean government is considering revising the country's law to allow children to use their mother's last name in a bid to achieve greater gender equality.
The Ministry of Government Legislation would study revising the civil code, which requires children to use their father's surname, the Korean Times reported Wednesday.
Under current South Korean law, children are allowed to use their mother's surname only in exceptional cases. For example, if the father is a foreigner.
The ministry said the civil law having a rule for children to follow father's surname violates principles of gender equality. The Justice Ministry was asked to study whether the change is possible last year and is expected to bring out a review of the civil code by the end of this month.